Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University by Robert McCaughey

Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University

byRobert McCaughey

Kobo ebook | October 22, 2003

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Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide

Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide.

"Stand, Columbia!" by Gilbert Oakley Ward, Columbia College 1902 (1904)

Marking the 250th anniversary of one of America's oldest and most formidable educational institutions, this comprehensive history of Columbia University extends from the earliest discussions in 1704 about New York City being "a fit Place for a colledge" to the recent inauguration of president Lee Bollinger, the nineteenth, on Morningside Heights. One of the original "Colonial Nine" schools, Columbia's distinctive history has been intertwined with the history of New York City. Located first in lower Manhattan, then in midtown, and now in Morningside Heights, Columbia's national and international stature have been inextricably identified with its urban setting.

Columbia was the first of America's "multiversities," moving beyond its original character as a college dedicated to undergraduate instruction to offer a comprehensive program in professional and graduate studies. Medicine, law, architecture, and journalism have all looked to the graduates and faculty of Columbia's schools to provide for their ongoing leadership and vitality. In 2003, a sampling of Columbia alumni include one member of the United States Supreme Court, three United States senators, three congressmen, three governors (New York, New Jersey, and California), a chief justice of the New York Court of Appeals, and a president of the New York City Board of Education. But it is perhaps as a contributor of ideas and voices to the broad discourse of American intellectual life that Columbia has most distinguished itself. From The Federalist Papers, written by Columbians John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, to Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution and Jack Kerouac's On the Road to Edward Said's Orientalism, Columbia and its graduates have greatly influenced American intellectual and public life. Stand, Columbia also examines the experiences of immigrants, women, Jews, African Americans, and other groups as it takes critical measure of the University's efforts to become more inclusive and more reflective of the diverse city that it calls home.

Robert McCaughey is the chairman of the Barnard History Department and the former dean of the faculty of Barnard College. He is the author of The Last Federalist: Josiah Quincy, 1772-1864 and International Studies and Academic Enterprise: A Chapter in the Academic Enclosure of American Learning, among other books.
Title:Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia UniversityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 22, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Tory Preamble: The Short History of King's College
2. Flirting with Republicanism, 1784--1816
3. Knickerbocker Days: The Limits of Academic Reform
4. Midcentury Stirrings
5. Takeoff
6. The Aspect of a University
7. Bolt to the Top
8. 1917: Twilight of Idols
9. Jews at Columbia
10. The Invention of Columbia College
11. Prosperity Lost
12. Columbia in the American Century
13. A Second Flowering
14. Afternoon on the Hudson
15. Riding the Whirlwind: Columbia '68
16. It's About Columbia
17. A Tough Place
18. Bottoming Out
19. Columbia Recovered
20. The Way We Are
Epilogue: Worth the Candle?

Editorial Reviews

fascinating stories of the past that seem eerily familiar in the present, even for those who have never set foot on the Columbia campus Histories of universities have enjoyed a renaissance of late, not just in popularity but in intellectual rigor as well. Robert McCaughey's history of Columbia University nevertheless sets a new standard for this genre. Exhaustively researched by McCaughey, with some help from his students and colleagues, it combines intellectual seriousness with wit and candor. McCaughey admirably integrates the singular history of Columbia with the evolving system of American higher education and the fascinating context of New York City. By chronicling the university's shortcomings and limitations as well as its achievements, this study makes an important contribution to American history as well as telling the fascinating story of an American institution.