Howard University: the First Hundred Years, 1867-1967

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NYU Press, 1969 - Education - 658 pages

When Rayford W. Logan’s astute history of Howard University appeared in 1969, Logan was in a unique position to analyze one of the nation’s most prominent African American colleges. He had recently completed nearly thirty years at Howard as a history professor, living and teaching through almost a third of the school’s first century.

Drawing from his own knowledge and university documents, Logan traced Howard’s chronology from 1866, when it was conceived as a theological seminary for African American ministers, to the increasingly successful, and in Logan’s words, cosmopolitan, institution of the 1960s. Logan detailed university milestones, including Howard’s founding by an act of Congress in 1867 and the election of Dr. Mordecai W. Johnson, the university’s first black president, in 1926, as well as the accomplishments of Howard graduates. More than thirty years after its first publication, Logan’s engaging account is essential for a thorough understanding of Howard, and its place in the legacy of historically black universities.

 

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Contents

Prologue to the Founding of Howard University
5
A University for the Education of Youth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences The Early Years 18661874
17
Fifteen Years of Trials and Progress 18741889
69
Respite Before the Takeoff 189o19o3
109
Fifteen Years of Experimentation 19o31918 3J
139
President Johnsons Embryonic Years 19261935
255
The Maturing Years 1935195o
323
The Golden Years 195o196o
407
The Administration of President James M Nabrit Jr July i 196oJune 30 1967
451
Howard University in International Activities and Civil Rights Movements 18671967
539
The Dual Mission of Howard
575
APPENDIX A An act to incorporate the Howard
585
A Selective Bibliography of Works
594
FOOTNOTES
604
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Rayford W. Logan (1897–1982) taught history at Howard University from 1938 to 1965. Logan received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1936. He wrote and edited many books, including The American Negro: Old World Background and New World Experience.

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