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Newhall and Williams College: Selected Papers of a History Teacher at a New England College, 1917-1973

Russell H. Bostert

Richard A. Newhall's life seemed unremarkable. He earned a Ph. D. in history at Harvard. He went to war in 1917. He taught at the same institution, Williams College, for thirty-two years, observed it closely for almost half a century. In a New England village his daily route became part of an academic routine - classroom, library, office, home.
But after his death in 1973 the papers he left revealed a remarkable inner life. Newhall had decided views - on war, on the liberal arts in higher education, on teaching and scholarship, academicians, public affairs. From 1917 to 1973 he expressed his views, usually in private letters. In the process he drew a portrait of a special kind of teacher, and college. This book pays tribute to that teacher, to the profession of teaching, and to the college where they flourished.
The Editor: Russell H. Bostert (B.A. Knox College, Ph.D. Yale University) is Stanfield Professor and former chairman of the history department at Williams College. He also taught at Tufts University and, in the John Hay Program, at Bennington College and the University of Oregon. During the academic year 1976-7 he was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Taiwan and in 1980-1 taught in the Fulbright Program in Hong Kong. He is the author of American Foreign Policy to 1880 and has contributed to a number of periodicals, including the Journal of American History, Yale Review, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Berkshire Review. He has been a Ford Fellow and a Social Science Research Council Fellow, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.