Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2019 11 Authors of the old campus M any are bound in leather. Some are cracked. Or worse. Still, these vintage volumes are a window to the minds of faculty at the "old campus" of Wake Forest College. Consider the writings of William Louis Poteat — the school's then president — in his 1925 work, "Can a Man Be a Christian Today." "We move about faster and bump into one another oftener and more violently," he wrote. "Life is a grand mix-up of persons, classes, nations, races, with vastly multiplied opportunities of cooperation indeed, but of antagonism and collision as well." It turns out Poteat was engaged in a bit of collision himself, as the unlikely defender of the evolutionary faith and so-called prophet of progress helping to defeat legislation in North Carolina intended to outlaw the teaching of Charles Darwin's widely read 1859 text "The Origin of the Species." "He got a lot of heat," said Ed Morris, director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum, a slice of today's Wake Forest still owned by the now Winston-Salem- based university. Of course, Poteat had other interests. His personal collection of books included a volume titled simply "Longfellow's Poems," raising the question of whether he ever paused to ponder these words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books." Some of his personal collection had messages considered less serene, such as T. Lothrup Stoddard's 1922 work "The Revolt Against Civilization" and its advocacy of eugenics, something Poteat himself embraced by giving speeches on the "peril" of poor breeding, according to Randal L. Hall in "William Louis Poteat: A Leader of the Progressive-Era South." As for the volumes of others connected to the old campus, there's 1974's "Blackbeard the Pirate. A Reappraisal of his Life and Times" by Robert E. Lee, a professor of law who traced his own ancestry to a possible link to the pirate and undertook this study said to read "like an exciting swashbuckler." In 1962, philosophy professor Robert M. Helm released "The Gloomy Dean," a study of English clergyman William Ralph Inge, a prolific writer whose perceived pessimism and reputation for being eccentric gained him the moniker. And what would any old campus collection be without a volume from one of its more famous alumni, Arnold Palmer, whose 1999 work "A Golfer's Life" is also part of the collection. "They were all given generously by family members," Morris said of the collection. "Some were discards from the library." But if you have any thoughts of borrowing a volume or two to read, think again. They are not allowed out on loan, with perhaps one exception made for the family of the college's first president, Samuel Wait. "We did let one of the Wait descendants," Morris said. PHILIP M. READ Once held in the hands of noted professors and alumni at old Wake Forest College, these books are just part of the collection to be found at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Rewind WAKE FOREST HISTORIAL MUSEUM William Louis Poteat, one-time president of Wake Forest College, died in 1938, but selections from his library remain at the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

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