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The People's School: A History of Oregon State University (Paperback)
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The People's School: A History of Oregon State University (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 30/09/2017
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The People's School is a comprehensive history of Oregon State University, placing the institution's story in the context of state, regional, national, and international history. Rather than organizing the narrative around institutional presidencies, Robbins examines the broader context of events, such as wars and economic depressions, that affected life on the Corvallis campus. Agrarian revolts in the last quarter of the nineteenth century affected every Western state, including Oregon. The Spanish-American War, the First World War, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the Second World War disrupted institutional life, influenced enrollment, curricular strategies, and the number of faculty and staff. Peacetime events, such as Oregon's tax policies, also circumscribed course offerings, hiring and firing, and the allocation of funds to departments, schools, and colleges.

This contextual approach is not to suggest that university presidents are unimportant. Benjamin Arnold (1872-1892), appointed president of Corvallis College by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, served well beyond the date (1885) when the State of Oregon assumed control of the agricultural college. Robbins uses central administration records and grass-roots sources-local and state newspapers, student publications (The Barometer, The Beaver), and multiple and wide-ranging materials published in the university's digitized ScholarsArchive@OSU, a source for the scholarly work of faculty, students, and materials related to the institution's mission and research activities. Other voices-extracurricular developments, local and state politics, campus reactions to national crises-provide intriguing and striking addendums to the university's history.

Publisher: Oregon State University
ISBN: 9780870718984
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"William G. Robbins succeeds where so many other writers fail. He has produced a first-rate engrossing, smoothly written and revealing contextual history of Oregon State University, The People's School: A History of Oregon State University."
- Richard W. Etulain, The Oregonian
"For those of us who care deeply about OSU, as Robbins clearly does, reading this meticulously researched and precisely written book is like sitting down with a great-grandparent who has a sharp memory and a lot of love for the family, but is no longer worried about appearances. We get to learn all that stuff we've always wondered about the family stories, for better and for worse. Ah-ha moments, frowns and broad smiles abound."
- Kevin Miller, The Oregon Stater

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