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The Athens Of The West: Education In Nashville, 1780-1860, Timothy Augustus Sweatman Aug 1996

The Athens Of The West: Education In Nashville, 1780-1860, Timothy Augustus Sweatman

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Nashville, Tennessee, is known as the Athens of the South because of its reputation as a center of learning. The city’s commitment to education goes back to the days of its founding as a village on the extreme Western frontier of the United States. In 1785, five years after Nashville was first settled, Davidson Academy, an advanced classical school, was established. At the same time, numerous private schools operated in the Nashville area, providing many of the region’s children with a basic education.

During the first quarter of the nineteenth century Nashville moved closer to becoming a major ...