Northwestern University - Syllabus Yearbook (Evanston, IL)

 - Class of 1951

Page 15 of 656

 

Northwestern University - Syllabus Yearbook (Evanston, IL) online yearbook collection, 1951 Edition, Page 15
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THE BEGINNINGS l851f-fl 9 O 7?- T was a year of uncertainty. North and South had become more than geographic terms. Presi- dent Zachary Taylor puzzled over the slavery problem while Henry Clay wrote a Compromise to preserve the Union. In the Wlest, Manifest Destiny and gold made California a state, and the Latin neighbors of the Republic watched apprehensively as the frontier pushed west and south. In Illinois, too, the pace was quickening. Stephen A. Douglas was already a familiar name and an ex- Congressman from Springfield named Abraham Lincoln was riding the court circuit in the southern part of the state. Along the shore of Lake Michigan the booming city of Chicago, just seventeen years old, already counted almost thirty thousand people, but scoffed at the fantastic prediction of one of her citizens that she would reach 200,000 within a generation. Mud, plank roads, and land speculation, lake traHic, the grain trade and Cyrus McCormick's reaper were things of daily concern. People seeking culture turned from the materialism of 1850 to the "higher things" and at- tended "Professor,' 0. S. Fowler's lectures on phren- ology at the City Hall, or borrowed books from the wonderful new thousand-volume library of the Lyceum. The City Fathers struggled with the problems of lack of sewers, recurrent epidemics, grog shops, and the prevalence of pickpockets. Citizens pointed with pride WITH THE UNIVERSITY CHARTER featured in the center are some of Northwestern's historical landmarks. Clockwise starting at upper left are Chicago Medical College, Hall of Science, YVomen's College, Preparatory School, Life Saving Station, Snyder farm house, and University Hall tower. I l l I 1 i I l I l ohn Evans Grant Goodrich Orrington Lunt 11

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