New Chamberlain Memoir Reveals Childhood, Bowdoin Years (Press Herald)

Blessed Boyhood: The ‘Early Memoir’ of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, edited by Richard LindemannThe newly published “Blessed Boyhood!” The ‘Early Memoir’ of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain covers Chamberlain’s boyhood in Brewer up to his early years teaching at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin published the typescript this year to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Richard Lindemann, director of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives, served as general editor of the book. Lindemann discusses the project with the Portland Press Herald in a recent article.

“Chamberlain had the ability to lead and was a visionary at Bowdoin,” Lindemann said. “He introduced a lot of notions that were considered absurd at the time, such as co-education, which did not come to pass then. He suggested technical education, to teach people to work as opposed to liberal arts, which was very progressive. In other ways he was an old fogey, insisting on military drills.”

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