Education: THE OHIO SIX

IN their evangelistic campaign to build a Christian community across the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Protestant churches of the 19th century used the denominational college as an intellectual stronghold. By the Civil War era, the churches had founded some 40 colleges in Ohio alone, to ensure for the state a Christian core and to train the ministers who plodded after the frontiersmen across the plains.

Empty treasuries and denominational rivalry have killed off all but 20 of these Ohio colleges. Of the survivors, educators often group six together because of...

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