The Second American Republic: The Morrill Act and Land Grant Colleges

Lecture Description

This lecture describes the concept of a “second American Republic,” born in the Civil War and Reconstruction, through the lens of the Morrill Act. The establishment of large-scale higher education in the US would have long-term consequences that shaped social, economic, and cultural development in ways that would have been impossible in the First American Republic, which was dominated by slaveholders.



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