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Roszell, one of the original settlers of Buchanan County and the first county superintendent of education in 1858, recalled the schools of the area in the pioneer days of Buchanan before the Civil War: The architecture of these school buildings was of course the crudest and most primitive, all built of unhewn logs with board seats against the wall on three sides, with a continuous desk of rough basswood, this being soft, and easily worn smooth by friction. . These back seats were for the larger scholars, while the smaller ones were accommodated by rows of plain, backless benches made of oak slabs.
48 For Ward, this search for integration was what made nineteenthcentury America-and democratic self-government-so far advanced over all other civilizations in the world. ’r49 Ward celebrated American nationalism as a product of freedom. And, like many northern Republicans, this meant that the South and slavery posed special dangers to the republic’s progress. Ward used his diary as the place to test and measure his character and to record the ways in which he learned to control passion and understand reason, the central objects of moral philosophy’s psychology.
We are the ones who are expected to bring about this reform. There is far more mental capacity among men than is generally supposed, but the great difficulty lies in there being such a vast amount lying latent and undeveloped. ”37Discipline, determination, and education were the only means available to build the character of democratic citizens. It was in America, Ward believed, where self-improvement and democratic character best cultivated. In June 1862, the twenty-year-old Ward penned a brief school essay entitled “Self-Made Men” in which he argued that, although the Civil War was destroying the nation’s landscape and institutions, America should not forget the glory of its republican founders.