The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1988 - Education - 366 pages
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James Anderson critically reinterprets the history of southern black education from Reconstruction to the Great Depression. By placing black schooling within a political, cultural, and economic context, he offers fresh insights into black commitment to education, the peculiar significance of Tuskegee Institute, and the conflicting goals of various philanthropic groups, among other matters.

Initially, ex-slaves attempted to create an educational system that would support and extend their emancipation, but their children were pushed into a system of industrial education that presupposed black political and economic subordination. This conception of education and social order--supported by northern industrial philanthropists, some black educators, and most southern school officials--conflicted with the aspirations of ex-slaves and their descendants, resulting at the turn of the century in a bitter national debate over the purposes of black education. Because blacks lacked economic and political power, white elites were able to control the structure and content of black elementary, secondary, normal, and college education during the first third of the twentieth century. Nonetheless, blacks persisted in their struggle to develop an educational system in accordance with their own needs and desires.


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Having endured a modern public education through a bachelor degree in a state university, I have never come across a poignant reflection of the racial strife existent in the postbellum south which ... Read full review

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A thorough, engrossing historical view of Black education and the incredible barriers overcome by so many determined and insistent people. How many people would endure double taxation today only to be subjected to substandard education? Read full review

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James Anderson is professor of the history of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coeditor of New Perspectives on Black Educational History.