Berea College and Its Impact On Appalachia
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2). Fee accepted and immediately set out to find the perfect location for such a project. He decided upon Berea, Kentucky in 1858, and in 1859, he founded Berea College. All of this was possible because Clay's considerable pull in the community enabled him to "keep many of the irate locals at bay and thus offer some degree of protection to Fee" (Ealy, 1990, p...
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4). This was essential because there were very few who were willing to accept the idea of an interracial college in the heart of the slave state of Kentucky at this point in history.
After founding Berea College, Fee began writing a constitution that would provide the framework of the institution. Included in this constitution, Fee stated that "this College shall be under an influence strictly Christian, and as such opposed to sectarianism, slaveholding, caste, and every other wrong institution or practice" (Peck, 1980, p...
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