The Moral and Religious Ideals of Students at Vassar College and Wellesley College, 1865-1900
Keywords:Students, Idealists, Vassar, Wellesley, Humanities, Ethics, Morals, Religion, Intellectual, Art, Literature, Philosophy
This article examines the moral and religious ideals of students at Vassar College and Wellesley College during the period 1865 to 1900. Students of this persuasion recorded their musings on ideals such as beauty, purity, and sincerity in literary publications, class notes, student papers, and reminiscences. Although Idealists’ lofty preoccupations do not deny the larger social forces transforming collegiate culture, it does suggest the presence of an intellectually serious undergraduate whose interests were decidedly normative.