An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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146 Old-time Schools and School-books
breaking down the opposition to feminine educa­tion. The higher institutions of learning for girls established in those early years shone with added lustre because their novelty attracted workers with the enthusiasm of pioneers, and with a keenness of appreciation and exhilaration that could be elicited by no other circumstances. These schools were in a marked way religious, their pupils absorbed moral earnestness, and they had a deep and lasting influ­ence on New England life. They furnished heroines of the mission field and some of the most ardent workers against intemperance. From them, too, came such numbers of wives for the clergy that the humorous appellation " ministers' rib factories " was not wholly amiss. This nickname was the more telling, owing to the fact that the buildings them-
" A Minister's Rib Factory." Mary Lyon's Mt. Holyoke Seminary, built in 1837.
selves were apt to be great barren barracks with very much of the factory look.
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