The International Review Volume . 11

The International Review Volume . 11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...a certain university. The greatest benefit that he received was of a social kind; for his associates were usually the sons of the best houses, --the boys who became prominent men. These schools were often institutions of a so purely social character that a gentleman usually selected that school for his son which seemed to afford the most aristocratic associations. Thus far a lad might have an ambition to enter a university creditably; but it had never been suggested to him, nor had he thought of it, that he might become a scholar. He might become a lawyer, --which almost always meant a politician also, --or a clergyman, or a physician; but he rarely thought of scholarship for its own reward. He did not need accurate learning to be a gentleman. The training at the university consisted of a course of loose reading of Latin and of a little Greek, from the old inaccurate text-books; and progress was measured by the number of pages read and the number of authors crowded into the course. A dozen or two lectures were given on philosophy, law, and literature. Mathematics were taught in a general way. The literary societies were of more benefit than the lecture-rooms; their training was better than the training given by the faculty. A readiness in speech and in writing, a knowledge of parliamentary customs, and a political training were there given which made their members such masters of men in later life. The weekly meetings of the Washington and Jefferson Societies of the University of Virginia, and of the Philanthropic and Dialectic Societies of the University of North Carolina, were the greatest events of old Southern university life. Each had its constituency of States; and a youth joined that society to which the students from his State had belongedshow more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488172
  • 9781236488176