[Ads-l] Horace Mann Address

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Jan 21 16:12:46 UTC 2018

Though late June and early July (e.g. a July 14 newspaper reporting commencement "last week"; a July 9 letter praising the speech; claims he died (Aug. 2) soon after) have been hinted, probably his biographer Jonathan Messerli (NY: Knopf, 1972, p. 583) can be believed:

"On June 29, 1859, after the graduates had received their diplomas, Horace Mann mounted the pulpit in the Antioch chapel and under the vaulted ceiling gave his last baccalaureate address and one of the most eloquent speeches of his entire career.[then fn. 9]"

Stephen Goranson

co-author, Origin of Kibosh: Routledge Studies in Etymology


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Horace Mann is said to have uttered the line "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory or humanity" in a baccalaureate address at Antioch College in 1859.  I am not readily finding the exact date of this address.  Can anyone supply the exact date?

Fred Shapiro

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