- Fraternities rightly so try to look back to their founders. If we can look to the founding roots, we might find when the tree began to bend and sway. In other words, what were the weaknesses back in the nineteenth-century that allowed hazing to take hold and get such a root-hold in the USA education system. I’ll start with a look at fraternities printed in the Nashville American on May 31, 1896, and written by an ALFRED C. STEVENS. See below.
From Moderator Hank Nuwer: To my knowledge, Alfred C. Stevens never published his planned Cyclopedia of Fraternities. Although not perfect, here is a link to Baird’s with six copyrights beginning 1879. https://archive.org/stream/bairdsmanualame00unkngoog/bairdsmanualame00unkngoog_djvu.txt