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Analysis and Historical Research In 1833 in northeast Ohio on a 500-acre track of land the dream to create a revolutionary college was born Even before a community was established founder John Jay Shipard conceived the college to be based on basic Christian values To begin the college was to be open to male students as well as female students consequently the first college of its kind to do this Shipard also composed a plan of strict behavioral guidelines for the college as well as the community to abide by When Shipard began looking for a name for this new community and college he wanted a name that would signify the goals and values he had set forth He finally decided on naming the new settlement after Reverend John Frederick Oberlin 1740-1826 Reverend Oberlin was a minister of a French-speaking parish in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace His life based mostly on a selfless and efficient lifestyle represented the qualities that Shipard greatly wanted to instill in this new community This is how the creation of Oberlin began Within two years however it was evident that the amount of money raised by Shipard was not enough to keep the institute running To solve this Shipard invited abolitionist rebels from Lane Seminary in Cincinnati to enroll at Oberlin to enlarge the Colleges enrollment The seminary would be in agreement only on one condition if blacks could be admitted as students This was met with opposition and the students trustees and townspeople were divided Shipard threatened to quit if this wasnt approved Luckily on a 5-4 vote it was and Oberlin became one of the first colleges in the country to accept people of any race The founding of the colony had only taken three years but they were filled with struggle and with aggressive and positive action The college was constantly on the verge of bankruptcy and the community was full of opposition
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