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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 4, Chapter 12 Chicago, Section 6 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 4, Chapter 12 Chicago, Section 6 Summary

Rockefeller had created the University of Chicago and stayed out of all areas except the financial area. This was mainly because Harper never stayed within the budget Rockefeller set for the University. Because of Harper's spending, Dewey had to fight to get anything for the philosophy department, including making the Laboratory School tuition-based. Dewey felt the laboratory should be funded like other laboratories on campus, but Harper would not allow it.

However, when Colonel Parker and his patron, Anita McCormick Blaine, offered to bring their elementary school and teacher-training program to the University of Chicago in 1901, Harper agreed. Before everything was settled in 1902, Colonel Parker died, and his programs almost did not make it to the University.

Dewey offered to combine the Parker elementary and the Laboratory School to keep the patron. Dewey was given the title...

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