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A History of Georgetown University : From Academy to University, 1789-1889, Volume 1 - Robert Emmett Curran

A History of Georgetown University

From Academy to University, 1789-1889, Volume 1

Hardcover Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9781589016880
Number Of Pages: 476
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In over two centuries, our university has become something that John Carroll and our other early leaders could never have imagined. Sometimes, when I see the Gilbert Stuart portrait of John Carroll that hangs on the wall in my office, I wonder what he would think of his little "Academy." I suspect he would marvel at how far we have come, how much we have accomplished, and how much we have contributed to the educational and social landscape of our city and our nation. I also think he would remind us of the continuing responsibility we have to fulfill our promise and potential and to strive to become the University we are called to be."---From the Foreword by John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.

The discovery and imparting of knowledge are the essential undertakings of any university. Such purposes determined John Carroll, SJ's modest and surprisingly ecumenical proposal to establish an academy on the banks of the Potomac for the education of the young in the early republic. What began earnestly in 1789 still continues today: the idea of Georgetown University as a Catholic university situated squarely in the American experience.

Beautifully designed with full-color illustrations and photographs, A History of Georgetown University tells the remarkable story of the administrators, boards, faculty, students, and programs that have made Georgetown a leading institution of higher education. With a keen eye for detail, historian Robert Emmett Curran---a member of the Georgetown community for over three decades---explores the broader perspective of Georgetown's sense of identity and its place in American culture.

Volume One traces Georgetown's evolution during its first century, from its beginnings as an academy within the American Catholic community of the Revolutionary War era through its flowering as a college before the Civil War to its postbellum achievements as a university.

Each of the three volumes of A History of Georgetown University features numerous illustrations, photographs, and appendices that include student demographics, enrollments, and lists of board members.

Georgetown enriched my life in so many ways, and the habits of mind and friendships I found there continue to enrich it today. I loved when I was there, I love it still, and I am honored to be part of a family that gave me so much. This beautifully told history by Professor Curran captures the unique spirit of a remarkable institution that has contributed greatly to our common good. -William Jefferson Clinton, Forty-second President of the United States Everyone who loves the Hilltop, and many of their friends too, will want to have a copy of this splendid history-exhaustively researched, comprehensive in its viewpoint, and vivid in its telling. It is a story both of the university and of the nation with which it was founded. -Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ, president emeritus, Georgetown University This modern history of Georgetown University is good news-and good reading-on several counts. It tells the 20th century story of Georgetown inside and out. It fills in gaps about Catholic higher education. Above all, it confirms Georgetown University's significance within the total landscape of contemporary American higher education. -John Thelin, university research professor, University of Kentucky In these meticulously researched and long-awaited volumes, Emmett Curran provides a rich, complex history of the first 200 years of America's oldest Catholic, Jesuit university, tracing the struggles of John Carroll's 'modest academy' in the new nation to the emergence of Georgetown as an international leader in higher education. Throughout, Curran demonstrates the university's remarkable fidelity to its mission of educating leaders who serve. It is fine history and a good read. -Dorothy M. Brown, professor of history emerita, Georgetown University

Foreword Preface Part 1: The Academy: Beginnings, 1773-1830 1. "Our Main Sheet Anchor for Religion" 2. "To Give Perpetuity..." 3. The Return of the Jesuits 4. "Instead of a Constellation...a Few Unfledged Bodys ..." Part 2: From Academy to College, 1830-1860 5. Building a College and More, 1829-1849 6. The 1850s: Refugees, Science, and the founding of the Medical School 7. "Alma Mater of the South:" Student Culture in the Antebellum Years 8. "The Great Object of Education": Curriculum, Student Societies, and Careers Part 3: From College to University, 1860-1889 9. Georgetown's Blue and Gray 10. A Decade of Reconstruction, and the Founding of the Law School 11. Patrick Healy and the Idea of a University 12. Georgetown in 1889: "...She Began with Our Fatherland." Appendices:A. Georgetown Student Enrollments, 1791-1889B. All Degrees Conferred by Georgetown University from 1817 through 1889C. Members of the Board of Directors from 1797 to 1817 and from 1844 to 1889D. Presidents, Prefects, and Deans in Georgetown's First CenturyE. List of Original College Buildings by Construction DateF. Summary Tabulations of Student Demographics for Students at Georgetown from 1791 to 1889 Notes Index

ISBN: 9781589016880
ISBN-10: 1589016882
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 476
Published: 15th October 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.01 x 21.44  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 1.57