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Pearson, with the rank of associate professor, who entered on his
work in September, 1916, and the next year was raised to the rank of
full professor, since which time he has directed the work of the
department. For the first four years, until September, 1920, Professor
Pearson had no assistant other than students, but on July 20, 1920, the
Trustees appointed Mr. Cullen B. Gosnell, a graduate of Wofford
College, as assistant professor in the department; he served only one
year, and was succeeded in September, 1921, by Assistant Professor
E. L. Newmarker, who remained two years and was succeeded by
Assistant Professor C. B. Cheney, in September, 1923, who after two
years was succeeded by Assistant Professor Carl J. Whelan, who in
1926 was raised to the rank of associate professor, in which position
he remained until he left the College in 1930. In 1925 Mr. Forrest W.
Clonts, a graduate of the College, class of 1920, who had been an
instructor in the department, 1922-24, and had spent the year 1924-25,
as fellow in history in Yale University, was added to the department,
with which he still continues.
In this period the work of the department was enlarged and
improved. While all the work was done by Dr. Pearson alone there
could be no increase in the number of the courses, but in this period
and since Dr. Pearson was able to give to his instruction a good
measure of thoroughness, and he has been able to gain the
cooperation of his assistants in maintaining high standards of class
work. He was conservative in adding new courses, being cautious not
to overload the teaching force of the department, but in his first year
he added a course in Southern history, a subject in which he had done
much work and to which he had contributed by publications. This
course he has continued to offer nearly every year, and it has proved
very attractive to students interested in the subject, facilities for which
have been greatly improved in recent years by the enlargement of the
Library by the addition of many rare volumes, mostly classed as
"Americana." To meet the needs of the students of the Students' Army
Training Corps a course was added, 1918-19, first called War Aims,
but afterwards Recent History, which was
not con-
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