Christianity, Industrial Education, and the Founding of the University of Illinois
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This is an important resource for historians of higher education, religion on college campuses, the farmer-labor movement, and the Social Gospel. The bibilography alone is worth the price of the book."
--Betty A. DeBerg, University of Northern Iowa
"Religious motivations were at the heart of the expansion of higher education in the United States. Brett Smith, using the University of Illinois as a case study, tells the fascinating story of the religious commitments, conflicts, and institutions that were at the heart of the founding of 'state colleges' of higher education. In today's more conflicted era, we too often forget how deeply religion has been at the heart of the efforts to expand opportunity, grow educational access, and shape public life in hopeful and healing patterns. Thanks to Dr. Smith for reminding us of this heritage."
--Jack L. Seymour
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"In an age where retreaded historical themes and worn out cliches have been used to explain the history of American higher education, along comes Labor's Millennium: Christianity, Industrial Education, and the Founding of the University of Illinois. Bringing a refreshingly different perspective, Smith demonstrates the viability of the explanatory power of theological constructs and offers his readers an oft overlooked and underutilized framework to understand the founding of one of America's greatest public universities."
--J. Gregory Behle
The Master's College