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Author Clark, Daniel A
Title Creating the College Man : American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890-1915
Imprint Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 2010
©2010
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Descript 1 online resource (267 pages)
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Series Studies in American Thought and Culture Ser
Studies in American Thought and Culture Ser
Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Piggy Goes to Harvard: Mass Magazines, Masculinity, and College Education for the Corporate Middle Class -- 1. The Crisis of the Clerks: Magazines, Masculine Success, and the Ideal Businessman in Transition -- 2. The College Curriculum and Business: Reconceptualizing the Pathways to Power in a Corporate World -- 3. Athletes and Frats, Romance and Rowdies: Reimagining the Collegiate Extracurricular Experience -- 4. Horatio Alger Goes to College: College, Corporate America, and the Reconfiguration of the Self-Made Ideal -- 5. From Campus Hero to Corporate Professional: Selling the Full Vision of the College Experience -- Conclusion: College and the Culture of Aspiration -- Notes -- Index
How did a college education become so vital to American notions of professional and personal advancement? Reared on the ideal of the self-made man, American men had long rejected the need for college. But in the early twentieth century this ideal began to change as white men born in the U.S. faced a barrage of new challenges, among them a stultifying bureaucracy and growing competition in the workplace from an influx of immigrants and women. At this point a college education appealed to young men as an attractive avenue to success in a dawning corporate age. Accessible at first almost exclusively to middle-class white males, college funneled these aspiring elites toward a more comfortable and certain future in a revamped construction of the American dream. In Creating the College Man Daniel A. Clark argues that the dominant mass media of the era--popular magazines such as Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post--played an integral role in shaping the immediate and long-term goals of this select group of men. In editorials, articles, fiction, and advertising, magazines depicted the college man as simultaneously cultured and scientific, genteel and athletic, polished and tough. Such depictions underscored the college experience in powerful and attractive ways that neatly united the incongruous strains of American manhood and linked a college education to corporate success
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Clark, Daniel A. Creating the College Man : American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890-1915 Madison : University of Wisconsin Press,c2010 9780299235345
Subject Middle class men -- Press coverage -- United States -- History.;Male college students -- Press coverage -- United States -- History.;Education, Higher -- United States -- Sociological aspects -- History
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Alt Author Boyer, Paul S
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