Persistence Through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South (Paperback)

Persistence Through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South By R. Eric Platt, Holly A. Foster (Editor) Cover Image
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Contributions by Christian K. Anderson, Marcia Bennett, Lauren Yarnell Bradshaw, Holly A. Foster, Tiffany Greer, Don Holmes, Donavan L. Johnson, Lauren Lassabe, Sarah Mangrum, R. Eric Platt, Courtney L. Robinson, David E. Taylor, Zachary A. Turner, Michael M. Wallace, and Rhonda Kemp Webb

To date, most texts regarding higher education in the Civil War South focus on the widespread closure of academies. In contrast, Persistence through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South brings to life several case histories of Southern colleges and universities that persisted through the perilous war years. Contributors tell these stories via the lived experiences of students, community members, professors, and administrators as they strove to keep their institutions going. Despite the large-scale cessation of many Southern academies due to student military enlistment, resource depletion, and campus destruction, some institutions remained open for the majority or entirety of the war. These institutions--The Citadel South Carolina Military Academy, Mercer University, Mississippi College, the University of North Carolina, Spring Hill College, Trinity College of Duke University, Tuskegee Female College, the University of Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute, Wesleyan Female College, and Wofford College--continued to operate despite low student numbers, encumbered resources, and faculty ranks stripped bare by conscription or voluntary enlistment.

This volume considers academic and organizational perseverance via chapter "episodes" that highlight the daily operations, struggles, and successes of select Southern institutions. Through detailed archival research, the essays illustrate how some Southern colleges and universities endured the deadliest internal conflict in US history.

About the Author


R. Eric Platt is associate professor of higher and adult education and chair of the Department of Leadership at the University of Memphis. He is author of Sacrifice and Survival: Identity, Mission, and Jesuit Higher Education in the American South and Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana. Holly A. Foster is assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, History of Education Quarterly, and Journal of Access Services.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781496835048
ISBN-10: 1496835042
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: September 15th, 2021
Pages: 280
Language: English