Curriculum 363
Greene's "Analysis of the English Sentence." There is no provision for
this in the schedule. Rhetoric was taught in connection with Logic,
Whately's excellent texts being used in both. Along with these
perhaps some English classics were read. In another way a very
valuable supplement was made to the literary training of the students;
this was in the work of the Literary Societies. Both Societies had
excellent libraries of the day, in which the student members found
books to read up on the questions for debate, or to prepare for the
compositions, or orations which they were required to have at certain
intervals. Hardly a week passed that the student did not have some
function of this kind. Accordingly the graduates of the College were
reasonably well prepared in English composition; although more of
them became able speakers than able writers, yet, in writing, some of
the men of this period were by no means deficient either in point of
style or matter. Perhaps Wake Forest has produced no man who was a
master of a better English style than Dr. T. H. Pritchard, a graduate of
the class of 1854. Dr. J. D. Hufham of the class of 1856 wrote nearly
as well but was somewhat too ornate, while John Haymes Mills of the
class of 1856 also wrote well, sinning, if at all, on the side of
terseness.
As there was no department of English, so also there was none of
History or Social Science. In History, however, even more than in
English, the training in the Literary Societies, was large and
important. In the college, too, the history of Greece and Rome was
taught as a part of the training in Latin and Greek. The history of the
United States, which then was for much fewer years than now, was
learned in connection with the study of the Constitution, for which
Story's book was used as a text; that was usually left to the Senior
year. Political Economy constituted a regular course under the
department of Moral Philosophy. Added to this was Kent's
International Law, which was also taught in the Senior year.
Accordingly, it must be evident that the student of the ante-bellum
period was not altogether devoid of training in that group of subjects
now classified in college catalogues under the head of Social Science.
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