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The Rosenwald Schools of the American South - New Perspectives on the History of the South (Paperback)
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The Rosenwald Schools of the American South - New Perspectives on the History of the South (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 30/07/2014
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Hoffschwelle tells the story of a remarkable partnership to build model schools for black children during the Jim Crow era in the South. The Rosenwald programme, which erected more than 5,300 schools and auxiliary buildings between 1912 and 1932, began with Booker T. Washington, then principal of Tuskegee Institute, who turned for financing to Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck & Company. By requiring communities to raise matching funds, the two men inspired a grassroots movement that built schools in 15 southern states.

The Rosenwald schools, scores of which still stand, exemplified the ideal educational environment designed for efficiency, making full use of natural light to protect children's eyesight, and providing sufficient space for learning. Ironically, these schools, which represented the social centres of their African American communities, also helped to set standards for white schools.

Though the programme's funding ended with Rosenwald's death in 1932, many continued as public institutions. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rosenwald Schools to its list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places in 2002. Hoffschwelle examines these buildings as exemplars for school architecture and design, as community institutions and partnerships, and as a means of formalising a state education programme that, finally, would include black children. This story of extraordinary generosity and sacrifice will interest scholars of American and African-American history, educators, school planners, and preservationists.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060330
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A fascinating story."--"Virginia Magazine of History and Biography"

"The definitive history of the Rosenwald school-building program.""--South Carolina Historical Magazine"

"Hoffschwelle assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the program and its larger significance for the status of African Americans and southern race relations in the early twentieth century."--"American Historical Review"

"Successfully depicts the schools as integral to the African American communities they served in that the schools and what they represented--black agency in providing education for the community--were focal points of African American southern identity and local pride."--"Journal of American Ethnic History"

"Explores the material and cultural impact of the schools on southern African American and white communities in order to explore the meanings of identity and activism.""--Journal of Southern History"

"The detail of the discussion, the reliance on considerable primary evidence, and the overall contribution of the understanding of the development of southern education make this a valuable addition to the historical literature on the South. . . . Highly recommended."--"Choice"

"The layers of this book are tied together by the extraordinary detail of the archival research."--"Southern Quarterly"

Explores the material and cultural impact of the schools on southern African American and white communities in order to explore the meanings of identity and activism. Journal of Southern History
"
Thorough and thoughtful. North Carolina Historical Review"
Hoffschwelle assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the program and its larger significance for the status of African Americans and southern race relations in the early twentieth century. American Historical Review
"
The detail of the discussion, the reliance on considerable primary evidence, and the overall contribution of the understanding of the development of southern education make this a valuable addition to the historical literature on the South. . . . Highly recommended. Choice
"
The layers of this book are tied together by the extraordinary detail of the archival research. Southern Quarterly
"
Successfully depicts the schools as integral to the African American communities they served in that the schools and what they represented black agency in providing education for the community were focal points of African American southern identity and local pride. Journal of American Ethnic History
"
A fascinating story. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"
The definitive history of the Rosenwald school-building program. South Carolina Historical Magazine
"
"Hoffschwelle assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the program and its larger significance for the status of African Americans and southern race relations in the early twentieth century."--American Historical Review

"The detail of the discussion, the reliance on considerable primary evidence, and the overall contribution of the understanding of the development of southern education make this a valuable addition to the historical literature on the South. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Successfully depicts the schools as integral to the African American communities they served in that the schools and what they represented--black agency in providing education for the community--were focal points of African American southern identity and local pride."--Journal of American Ethnic History

"Thorough and thoughtful."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Explores the material and cultural impact of the schools on southern African American and white communities in order to explore the meanings of identity and activism."--Journal of Southern History

"The definitive history of the Rosenwald school-building program."--South Carolina Historical Magazine

"A fascinating story."--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

"The layers of this book are tied together by the extraordinary detail of the archival research."--Southern Quarterly

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