"Not Without A History": African American Schoolhouses in Gibson County, Tennessee

dc.contributor.advisor West, Carroll
dc.contributor.author Barry, Amanda
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffschwelle, Mary
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-12
dc.description.abstract An aging generation of African Americans and many African American communities across the South are seeking ways to preserve their legacy of educational heritage. Large portions of this heritage are the schoolhouses in which they were educated. While many rural, African American schoolhouses across the South have been lost to age and neglect, those that remain constitute the material culture of segregated education, and African American perseverance during Jim Crow. This thesis not only focuses on African American educational history and desegregation, but also the community-based preservation of African American schoolhouses in Gibson County, Tennessee. These schools include Mt. Zion Negro School (Bradford), Polk-Clark School (Milan), Trenton Rosenwald School (Trenton), and Sitka School (Sitka). Despite discriminatory circumstances, African American children still thrived in their classrooms. This thesis does not, however, argue that segregation was a better educational environment for African American children. Rather, it highlights the value found in segregated schooling. I argue that strong affiliation with these schools and the potential loss of this educational heritage are among the reasons driving these communities to preserve their schools.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4733
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Desegregation
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Gibson County
dc.subject Preservation
dc.subject Segregation
dc.subject Tennessee
dc.subject.umi Black history
dc.subject.umi American history
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title "Not Without A History": African American Schoolhouses in Gibson County, Tennessee
dc.type Thesis
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