So some of you might know either from your acute social consciousness or from our rambling post that this year marks the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Monday’s New York Times ran an interesting Op- ed by Hamilton Professor Maurice Isserman on how Hamilton students invested their superior education in the war effort.
A commentor on the piece pointed out that Bowdoin is well known for the accomplishments of alumni Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
It is also said that Harriet Beecher Stowe began writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Brunswick while her husband was employed by the school.
A group of Bowdoin professors, alums, and students launched The Antebellum Project featuring a series of short videos about the College’s involvement in the lead- up to the war.
Take away lesson: The ‘Cac saved the Union, and Liberal Arts should probably be renamed Hero Training.