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David French Boyd

Founder of Louisiana State University

Southern Biography

344 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations

Southern History

  Paperback / 9780807124697 / March 1999

David Boyd’s biography is the story of one man’s dedicated struggle to protect and preserve Louisiana’s fledgling state university from the cumulative effects of war, Reconstruction, political hostility, and parochial greed. Boyd fought hard to promote his vision of higher education among a largely antagonistic or apathetic citizenry. He died, bitter and disillusioned, in 1899, without realizing his dream. But his life was not wasted. Clearly those who governed the university in more prosperous days owned much of their success to the devotion and self-sacrifice of this heroic figure. 

Germaine M. Reed received her doctorate in American history at Louisiana State University.

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