The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 539
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As a comment on the educational processes of the period, these
chapters are of interest and value to the student of American
education. Drake, in those days, was much influenced by evan-
gelism and revivalism, and faculty opinion strongly preferred
"special creation" to Darwin. The higher education was not un-
affected by creedal controversies. But Drake was alive with lit-
erary societies, oratorical contests, the beginnings of college ath-
letics, and other extra-curricular activities.
For five years after college, Larson was principal of Scandinavia
Academy, a conservative Norwegian stronghold in Wisconsin. His
experience here was not too happy. Norwegian pastors wanted to
enforce the cultivation of a positive Norsedom and impose a rigid
religious atmosphere, but the young principal seems to have dealt
with the situation with a fair measure of success. At Madison,
Larson worked with Turner and Haskins, and with fellow students
who, like himself, became distinguished in the historical guild.
His reflections on graduate study at the turn of the century sug-
gest comparison with present-day procedures. Like many another
newly-created Ph. D., Larson was stranded at commencement time
without a job. Only after teaching for five years in a Milwaukee
high school did he at last get his chance to go to the University
of Illinois, where he made a distinguished record as a teacher,
an educational statesman, and a productive scholar. A bibliog-
raphy of his writings, prepared by Dr. Kenneth Bjork of St. Olaf
College, has been added as an appendix to this volume.
One lays down this book with a feeling of satisfaction and
gratitude for immigrants, like Larson, who helped build America.
They were the salt of the earth. Neither hardships nor prejudices
could stop them. Their experiences reflect the only kind of
Americanization that is worth having. As Professor Larson has
written in his final paragraph, "between an active loyalty to a
land and a system into which one has been received and an honest
recognition of the values that inhere in a culture out of which
one has come, there need be no conflict."
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