Keepers of the Spirit : The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&m University, 1876-2001 (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&m Uni

Keepers of the Spirit : The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&m University, 1876-2001 (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&m Uni

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 396 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781585441266
  • DDC分類 355.22320711764242

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Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets has shaped the traditions that mark the rich heritage of one of the nation's largest universities. Keepers of the Spirit traces the history of the Corps from its founding at the landgrant Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas on the banks of the Brazos River to its entry into the twenty-first century. From shaky early years that saw rugged conditions, constant administrative turnover, and financial difficulties, Texas A&M and its Corps grew into what they are today. In the twentieth century the Corps gained national recognition as its graduates performed courageously in World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. And the Corps remains one of the largest uniformed organizations of military cadets in the nation, next only to the federal service academies. Offering commissions in all branches of the armed services, Texas A&M since 1876 has produced more than 43,000 commissioned officers, of whom more than 225 have reached the rank of general or flag officer. Skillfully integrating contemporary political, social, and cultural elements, John A. Adams, Jr., has analyzed hundreds of primary source documents to shed historical light on the values, customs, and controversies that have shaped the Corps's 125-year history: the Southern military tradition of duty, honor, and sacrifice; the struggle to integrate veterans returning from both world wars into campus--and Corps--life; the admission of women into the university and into the Corps; and the evolution of the Corps into a voluntary, rather than mandatory, part of an expanding and diversifying university. Keepers of the Spirit contains dozens of photographs never before published, as well as comprehensive lists of key people and events in Corps history. Published in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the University, Adams's work dramatically and entertainingly details Texas A&M's and the Corps's contribution to America's long tradition of welleducated and well-prepared citizen soldiers.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      xi
List of Tables xiii
Foreword xv
Ray M. Bowen
Preface xvii
Introduction 3 (7)
The Howling of Wolves 10 (28)
The Ross Years 38 (20)
Rattled to a Frazzle 58 (26)
A Call to Arms 84 (19)
Hail Aggies! Hail Maroon and White! 103 (32)
We've Never Been Licked 135 (31)
Judgment Day in Aggieland 166 (33)
The Rudder Era 199 (31)
The Centennial Decade 230 (34)
So Here We Stand 264 (28)
Epilogue 292 (27)
Appendices
I. Presidents, Commandants, and Cadet Corps 295 (14)
Commanders, 1876-2001
II. Commandants, 1876-2001 309 (4)
III. Recipients of the General George F. 313 (2)
Moore Award, 1946-2000
IV. General and Flag Officers: Texas A&M 315 (4)
Notes 319 (52)
Bibliography 371 (16)
Index 387