Phi Beta Kappa in American Life: The First Two Hundred Years
On Dec. 5, 1776, five William and Mary students formed a secret club whose motto -- "Love of wisdom the guide of life" -- they represented by the Greek letters PBK. The society quickly increased in members; today, Phi Beta Kappa is America's foremost honor society, the forerunner and prototype of all other such groups as well as all Greek-letter fraternities. This book provides a complete history of the society, tracing its growth from a local debating club to a national organization. The author examines its grudging admission of women and blacks, the uproar over Paul Robeson's selection for the editorial board of American Scholar, and many other controversies.
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Phi Beta Kappa in American life: the first two hundred yearsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This history was commissioned by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, but the Society's history committee was not pleased with the result because, says Current, the account gives an overall "negative ... Read full review
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The best (well, the only) current history of PBK, its history and impact. Read full review