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WESTERN DEMOCRACY

By FRANK STRONG CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

HE West has for many years been

the seat of purest democracy in

the United States. In spite of economic and social changes, it has continued to cling to the democratic ideal. These aspirations have been strongly reflected in western colleges and universities, and it is probably safe to say that their atmosphere has been more strongly democratic than that of the older and larger institutions of the East. The amazing growth of wealth in the West, due to the prosperity of the agricultural classes, seems liable to work a change in the aspect of our student life, unless we can maintain the ideals even though we cannot maintain the conditions of former days. Life in the West is growing more and more complex. Those who are becoming newly and rapidly rich are finding it difficult to maintain their equipoise. It therefore is the duty of the western college or university to aid strongly in maintaining the old simplicity of life and the ideals which lead the university com.

The American educational review

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