In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Amherst College, a group of scholars and alumni explores the school’s substantial past in Amherst in the World. In this volume the story of how an institution that was founded to train Protestant ministers began educating new generations of industrialists, bankers, and political leaders with the decline in missionary ambitions after the Civil War. The contributors trace how what was a largely white school throughout the interwar years begins diversifying its student demographics after World War II and the War in Vietnam.
The histories told here illuminate how Amherst has contended with slavery, wars, religion, coeducation, science, curriculum, town and gown relations, governance, and funding during its two centuries of existence. Through Amherst’s engagement with educational improvement in light of these historical undulations, it continually affirms both the vitality and the utility of a liberal arts education.
Amherst in the World
Edited by Martha Saxton
Amherst College Press, 2020
Licensed under Creative Commons
About the Editor
Martha Saxton is an American professor of
history and women's and gender studies at
Amherst College who has authored several
prominent historical biographies.
Contributors & Works
Fulfilling the Founders’ Purpose: The Religious Careers of Early Amherst College Graduates by Gary J. Kornblith; Remembering Edward Jones: First Black Graduate, Missionary Hero, “Genteel Young Man of Excellent Disposition” by David W. Wills; Amherst and the Native World by Frederick E. Hoxie; Niijima Jō, the Dōshisha, and the Christian Liberal Arts in Meiji Japan by Trent Maxey; Exclusivity, Segregation, and Democracy: Amherst College and Its Fraternities by Nicholas L. Syrett; Jewish Experience at Amherst College by Wendy H. Bergoffen; Coeducation: The Unanticipated Revolution by Martha Saxton; Creating a Place for Latinidad at an Elite Liberal Arts College: Amherst College, the 1970s through Today by Rick López; Remembering Dunbar: Amherst College and African American Education in Washington, DC by Matthew Alexander Randolph; Feeding Amherst by Daniel Levinson Wilk; “The farthest West shakes hands with the remotest East”: Amherst College, China, and Collegiate Cosmopolitanism in the Nineteenth Century by K. Ian Shin; “Vesuvius at Home”: Emily Dickinson, Amherst, and Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture by David S. Reynolds; “Fables of Extinction”: Geologist Edward Hitchcock and the Literary Response to Darwin by Jane F. Thrailkill; Eclipses, Ecology, and Emily Dickinson: The Todds of Amherst by Julie Dobrow; The “Meiklejohn Affair” Revisited: Amherst and the World in the Early Twentieth Century by Richard F. Teichgraeber III; The Amherst Man in the Jazz Age by Debby Applegate; “We are and will be forever Anti-Slavery Men!”: Student Abolitionists and Subversive Politics at Amherst College, 1833–1841 by Michael E. Jirik; “Some of the Sweetest Christians”: The Wartime Education of Amherst’s Boys in Blue by Bruce Laurie; “Ain’t Gonna Pay for War No More”: Taxes, Resistance, and Antiwar Activism in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond by Molly Michelmore; “A Pervasive and Insistent Disquiet”: Amherst College in the 1960s by Christian G. Appy.