Virginia Tech, Land-Grant University, 1872–1997: History of a School, a State, a Nation

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The first edition of this book was published in 1997, at the time of Virginia Tech’s 125th anniversary. Wallenstein, a professor of history at Virginia Tech, situates the story of Virginia Tech firmly in the context of both American history and Virginia’s checkered history of higher education. One reviewer wrote that the book “may well be the most un-parochial history of a college or university that has ever been written.” The new edition features a lengthy new preface as well as other changes in text and images throughout. The book will interest historians, educators, students, and just about anyone who wants to know more about the history of higher education in America.

Wallenstein, Peter. 2021. Virginia Tech, Land Grant University 1872-1997. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Publishing. DOI: