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American HonorThe Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era$
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Craig Bruce Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638836

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638836.001.0001

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A Shared Identity

A Shared Identity

Colonial Colleges and the Shaping of Pre-Revolutionary Thought

(p.47) Chapter Two A Shared Identity
American Honor

Craig Bruce Smith

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the dissemination of these ethics by America’s colleges through honor codes, disciplinary measures, books, and classroom lessons. American schools became instrumental in establishing a commonality of thought and a sense of camaraderie based upon honor culture that helped to translate into unity during the Revolution. The lessons taught in classes and the rules that governed the colleges became a continuing guide and foundation for the progression of honor as an ethical concept throughout early America. This is the first study of its kind and shows how early college rules would directly impact the patriots’ behavior during the Revolution.

Keywords:   John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Education, Harvard College, Yale College, King’s College (Columbia), College of William & Mary, College of New Jersey (Princeton), Rhode Island College (Brown), College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania)

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