The Geography of Nineteenth Century West Point Admissions and Graduations

Authors: Jon Malinowski*, U.S. Military Academy
Topics: Military Geography, Historical Geography, United States
Keywords: historical geography, military geography, nineteenth century
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper will examine the geography of admission to and graduation from the United States Military Academy, a.k.a. West Point, in the 19th century. By decade and era, geographic variations in admission rates and successful completion of a degree will be examined. Variations among regions, such as North, South, and frontier states will be explored, as well as any differences in Antebellum and Reconstruction statistics. Although West Point had a somewhat egalitarian admissions policy, at least for white boys, differences in the quality of local educational systems and potential bias in the West Point testing received after a cadet may have created spatial discrepancies in matriculation and eventually graduation.

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