"The most interesting part . . . is the section telling how the students lived in the old days . . . the attempts at repression by the faculty, and the religious influences that played upon them."
"Verily the student of the Old South was a happy creature; he had so many rules to break and did so effectively."
"A series of admirable impressions of a southern college before the Civil War."
"It is a valuable contribution to the history of education, and mirrors the student life of the earlier American colleges."
"There are chapters far more engaging than many a popular novel."
—St. Louis Globe-Democrat
"It can truthfully be said that it is a study dealing largely with the cultural history of the whole South."
—Oklahoma City Oklahoman
"The history offers treasures of diverse sorts . . . one of the most interesting works on southern history that has appeared in recent years."
Coulter recounts, among other things, how Athens was chosen as the university's location; how the state tried to close the university and refused to give it a fixed allowance until long after the Civil War; the early rules and how students invariably broke them; the days when the Phi Kappa and Demosthenian literary societies ruled the campus; and the vast commencement crowds that overwhelmed Athens to feast on oratory and watermelons. Coulter's account, interspersed with delightful anecdotes, not only depicts the early university but also shows its importance in the antebellum South.
Read more about the University of Georgia at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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