Connecticut has long been called "The Land of Steady Habits," a nickname resulting from the strict morals of its inhabitants, who in the colony's earliest days were governed by rigid Blue Laws regulating public morality. Although Blue Laws no longer exist, this term is still recognized across the state. "Red Bricks," a British term, refers to six universities in England's industrial cities during the late nineteenth century. Unlike the elite Oxford and Cambridge, "Red Bricks" admitted students without regard to class or religion and concentrated on practical skills. University of Connecticut, rooted in the Storrs Agricultural School (founded in 1881) to teach the farming trade, was more Red Brick than Oxbridge in its origins. In contrast to established private institutions such as Yale, Wesleyan, and Trinity, state-supported UConn was accessible at comparatively low cost to a wide variety of students. Written in celebration of UConn's 125th anniversary, this volume traces how the university emerged from its foundation as a tiny agricultural college to become the leading public university in New England.
Organized chronologically by the administrations of the University of Connecticut's thirteen presidents, Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits discusses internal developments such as the creation of a major research library, the founding of professional schools, student life, athletics, and national research funding, within the broad historical context of particular presidential eras. The author traces the impact of the Great Depression, World War II and the postwar G.I. Bill, the McCarthy and cold war eras, Vietnam and other protests, diversity and curriculum reform, NCAA athletics, and the economic boom of the 1990s. Throughout, Stave shows how the national and international scene shaped events as Connecticut leaders transformed a serene, rural campus -- a provincial"safety school" -- into a competitive national research university.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 386
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
"It is a dispassionate account and indeed does not gloss over the controversies and problems at what has become a well-regarded university with more than 27,000 students at Storrs and other campuses around the state."--Hartford Courant
"Written in celebration of the university's 125th anniversary, this historical account traces the school from its beginnings as an agricultural college through its expansion and changes during the Great Depression and World Wars to become one of New England's prominent public universities."--Columbia College Today