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Charles Darwin in the Schools (The Literary Digest, 1922)

An article which discusses the growing number of state legislatures given the task to vote up or down on the issue as to whether or not to allow the Darwin theory of evolution to stand as a legitimate topic for discussion and instruction in their respective school systems. Mentioned in the article was one of the major players leading the charge on behalf of creationism: William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925). The journalist interviewed many assorted hot-heads from the most polished universities on behalf of Darwinists and the reader will no doubt be amused to see that so many years have past yet the arguments remain exactly the same.

Three years after this article was printed Bryan would be standing in defense of Christian Fundamentalism during the famous Tennessee Scopes Trial.

The historian Henry Steele Commager ranked Charles Darwin at number 43 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...


Educating the Negro (The Independent, 1921)

Attached is a 1921 account of the Hampton Institute; it's past, present and future is entirely outlined in this magazine article that was written by a celebrated journalist of the time, Mr. Talcott Williams (1849 - 1928).

Click here for the Ku Klux Klan Archive.


''Learn War No More'' (Literary Digest, 1927)

Following World War One there existed a poor taste in the collective mouths of all the participating combatant nations; as a result, 1927 saw a small rebellion against much of the military training taking place on some U.S. campuses. This article lists a number restrictions that various academic institutions had placed on those military organizations active on college and high school grounds.


The Lure of College Atheism...(The Literary Digest, 1923)

"'They enter college as Christians and graduate as atheists or agnostics', say some whose sons and daughters come home with a sheepskin showing proficiency in the arts and sciences and little, or none at all, in religion. The college is repeatedly blamed for this vital lack, and is not infrequently defended of the charge of failing to establish a religious background for the student."

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Girl Evangelists in the Flapper Era


Decline of Religiosity Among College Women
(Literary Digest, 1922)

The reporter who filed this 1922 article for LITERARY DIGEST was concerned with the secular world on college campi that was damaging the well-balanced minds of American women:

"Woman is learning the same things that are taught to her brother; scientific theories destructive of the faith she imbued at home."

The women are not doing their duty - they are giving too much time to outside interests - they are degenerating! Women smoking! Women drinking! Women preferring adventures and amusement to caring for families! The flapper - the short skirt - the lack of corsets..."

Click here to read the review of a novel that dealt the feminist discomfort with Christianity.


They Molded the American Mind ('48 Magazine, 1948)

In 1948 the American history professor Henry Steele Commager (1902 1998) read this article that named the most powerful men in Cold War Washington - he then began to compose a list of his own, a list that he felt was far more permanent in nature. Commager wrote the names of the most influential thinkers of the past 100 years, leaders and writers who he credited for having "supplied us with our symbols, our values, our ideas and ideals".


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