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March 2016



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This article foregrounds a portion of an archive featuring the artifacts of a historical college student, John M. Price, who attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio during and after World War I, who was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity like his brothers, father and uncles. Price’s interest in writing, as well as reading, was developed in tension with prescribed identities in World War I era collegiate America deemphasizing scholastics. Price’s documents not only provide a historical example of a young man responding to prescribed cultural identities, but also show him struggling to maintain this identity, a struggle that can be food for thought for contemporary college students whose personal values may conflict with the values prescribing their public behavior, and behavior that has historical roots in the era when Price attended college.