This webpage is the result of two months of archival research that took place mainly in Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. This research had two main purposes. One was to examine a relatively neglected topic in Dartmouth College history, which began during the Jacksonian Period, when Daniel Webster was already a famous Congressman, and ended with the eruption of the War of the Rebellion. The second was to examine this period through a somewhat unorthodox point of view: those individuals who were college students at the time these events took place. In order to achieve this aim, the entire research builds almost entirely on primary sources from the first part of the 19th century: newspapers, letters, pamphlets, and college catalogues. For this reason, I left any spelling and grammar errors that appeared in the original publications unchanged.
I hope that this webpage will serve as a resource for any person who has a historical interest in this formulating period. Some of the documents highlighted here depart from the historical domain of Dartmouth College and have implications for American history more broadly (for example, the Edward Mitchell Petition). I hope that through this webpage, these documents will gain the attention they deserve.
Special thanks go to Professor Robert Bonner of the History Department of Dartmouth College; and to the staff of Dartmouth College Rauner Special Collection Library for assisting with the material and for cracking even the most convoluted cursive writing.
The writer, Ore Koren, is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012. This research was conducted during the summer of 2010 with funding given by the Lucas Family Fund for Undergraduate Research, and provided through the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research.