Save a School to Save a Nation: Faculty Responses to the Civil War at Midwestern Universities

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This chapter examines how faculty members at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, and Indiana University responded to the American Civil War. A Midwestern home-front study, this chapter reveals that despite their support of the war itself, professors in Midwestern state schools created rhetoric that prioritized higher education over enlistment, and they worked hard to obtain Morrill Land-Grant Act money in order to ensure the viability of their institutions. This chapter contributes to scholarship regarding intellectual history during the Civil War and to the ongoing historical debate about loyalty and how Americans viewed service to their country in a time of war.