Education: Service to All

One day in 1862, Congressman Justin James Morrill of Vermont rose in the House of Representatives to propose a bill that was destined to add a whole new dimension to U.S. education. The Gover ment, said he, should grant to each state enough land to start at least one college "where the leading object shall be ... to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts." For those who questioned the practicability of such a school, Morrill had a ready answer. Out in Michigan, the first state school to teach agriculture was "in the full...

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