I'M GOING TO COLLEGE! The Expansion of the Great American University

Welcome to the exhibit “I’M GOING TO COLLEGE! The Expansion of the Great American University”!

This collection looks at the growth of the American University system from a few small, ivy covered liberal arts colleges to a massive network of thousands of schools. It looks at the experiences of traditional upper and middle class students as well as the growing number of women and African American college students. The mass growth in education was both driven by and provided for a new  professional workforce. This helped to bolster the emersion of the middle class and “white collar” work. But university study wasn’t only about carving out a place in the American economy; it was about expanding the experiences of freedom for previously excluded minority groups like women and African Americans.

Created By: Manon S. Steel