Faith by Their Works: Our Progressive Tradition

Was Bates truly an oasis of radical egalitarianism right from its 1855 founding? Or was Bates’ early history more complex, particularly given the paternalistic and racist educational norms of the times?

In his honors thesis, history major Tim Larson ’05 takes on the College’s historic view of itself, exploring 19th-century Bates faculty attitudes toward abolitionism and race, race relations on campus, women at Bates, and issues of class. In his research, Larson also often compares and contrasts 19th-century Bates to its closest neighbor, Bowdoin College.

“Faith by Their Works: the Progressive Tradition at Bates College from 1855 to 1877″

An Honors Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Department of History, Bates College, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts by Timothy Wayde Larson, Lewiston, Maine.