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The University of Michigan   By: (1881-1959)

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In "The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Byron Shaw, readers are presented with a comprehensive and insightful exploration of one of America's most prestigious educational institutions. Shaw not only delves into the university's history but also examines its impact on society, making this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in higher education or Michigan's cultural and intellectual development.

Shaw's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it easy for readers to follow along as he delves into the university's founding and subsequent growth. From the humble beginnings of the university in 1817 to its modern expansion, the author presents a meticulous account of the challenges and triumphs that have shaped the institution throughout the decades. One particularly fascinating aspect of the book is Shaw's examination of how the university responded to significant historical events, such as the Civil War or the Great Depression, highlighting its resilience and adaptability.

However, what truly sets this book apart is its exploration of Michigan's societal impact. Shaw devotes ample attention to the university's role in fostering innovation, research, and creativity, as well as its dedication to public service. By showcasing the contributions of famous alumni ranging from Henry Ford to Gerald Ford, the author demonstrates how the University of Michigan has championed diversity of thought and pushed societal boundaries.

The University of Michigan's commitment to student life and the development of well-rounded individuals is also extensively covered. Shaw weaves vivid anecdotes and personal stories of students through the narrative, showcasing the university's vibrant campus culture and the impact it has had on countless individuals' lives. Whether it is through its rich sporting traditions, thriving arts programs, or the sense of community fostered on campus, the author successfully showcases the university's ability to provide a balanced and transformative educational experience.

One minor criticism is that the book occasionally becomes too dense with historical data, which might overwhelm readers less familiar with Michigan's history. However, Shaw's commitment to providing a thoroughly researched and comprehensive account of the university's journey compensates for this minor shortcoming.

In conclusion, "The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Byron Shaw is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the history, impact, and significance of one of America's leading educational institutions. Shaw's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and exploration of Michigan's societal contributions make this book an invaluable resource for students, alumni, and anyone interested in the history of higher education.

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[Illustration: UNIVERSITY HALL]



General Secretary of the Alumni Association and Editor of The Michigan Alumnus

Illustrated by Photographs and Four Etchings by the Author






It has not been the purpose of the author to write a history of the University of Michigan. Several predecessors in this field have done their work so well that another book entirely historical in character might seem superfluous. Rather it is the aim of this volume to furnish a survey sketching broadly the development of the University, and dwelling upon incidents and personalities that contribute movement to the narrative.

Those familiar with the history of the University will recognize the sources of much that appears in the following pages. The author must acknowledge an especial debt to Professor Ten Brook's "History of State Universities," and the two histories of the University, written by Elizabeth Farrand, '87 m , and Professor Burke E. Hinsdale. Much of the material in the early chapters is based directly upon Professor Hinsdale's painstaking and authoritative work. Other works which have been consulted are Judge Cooley's "History of Michigan," Professor C... Continue reading book >>

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