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Hazing is nothing new — fraternities have been beating and force-feeding pledges since Colonial times





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When hazing scandals occur on college campuses, there typically seems to be a collective public reckoning over how fraternities have sunk so low.

But in reality, hazing is not a recent phenomenon.

That topic is explored in John Hechinger’s newly released “True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities,” which explains fraternity hazing has roots in ancient Greece and medieval Europe, and was imported to America during the colonial period.

In fact, by the end of the American Civil War, “returning soldiers brought military-style hazing to college campuses … the pledge period soon grew to read more >>>

Source:: BusinessInsider.Com

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