For the 250th anniversary of the founding of Dartmouth College, the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth assembled a stellar cast of junior and senior scholars to explore the systemic conditions facing those seeking to found a new college two hundred fifty years ago.
What were the key political, economic and religious parameters operating in the Atlantic world at the time of the College’s founding? What was the religious scene like at the moment when the Rev. Samson Occom of the Mohegan nation and the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock of Connecticut, two men from very different backgrounds whose improbable meeting occurred during the Great Awakening of the early 1740s, set about establishing a new school in the northern woods in the 1760s? How were the agendas of contemporaries differently mediated by the religious beliefs with which they acted, on the one hand, and the emerging thought world of political economy, very broadly understood, on the other? These are among the rich and variegated topics addressed in Dartmouth and the World, which breaks the mold of the traditional commemorative volume.
Henry C. Clark is senior lecturer and program director of the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College.
Introduction: Henry C. Clark (Dartmouth College)
Chapter One: “1769—Dartmouth, Machines and Modernity,” Jack A. Goldstone (George Mason University)
Chapter Two: “Dartmouth College and Patriot State Building,” Steve Pincus (University of Chicago)
Chapter Three: “Life and Living Standards in Britain’s Industrial Revolution,” Emma Griffin (University of East Anglia)
Chapter Four: “George Whitefield’s Changing Commercial Theology,” Kristen Beales (Warren Center, Harvard University)
Chapter Five: “Religious Conversion, the Stamp Act, and Revolution in New England,” Mark Valeri (Vanderbilt University)
Chapter Six: “The Making of a ‘Rebel Lady’: Gender, Virtue, and Bloodshed in Mercy Otis Warren’s Radicalization, 1769-1772,” J. Patrick Mullins (Marquette University)
Chapter Seven: “Recovering the Native Origins of Dartmouth College Through The Occom Circle,” Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth College)