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Essay Review - Education in Black and White: New Perspectives on the History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities


by Marybeth Gasman — January 25, 2006

In 1988, James D. Anderson published a now classic study entitled The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860–1935.  This work changed the way that many historians and students of history viewed the establishment of black education in general, as well as the role of white philanthropy in the creation and maintenance of historically black colleges.  Since Anderson, various authors have conducted research on black colleges from a variety of perspectives. Eric Anderson and Alfred Moss (1999), in their book Dangerous Donations, refute many of Anderson’s claims, calling for a more nuanced portrayal of early 20th-century black education.  Likewise, Johnetta Cross Brazzell (1992), in her essay “Bricks without Straw,” asks us to reevaluate our understanding of missionary-supported education, providing a complex interpretation of the motives of early missionaries.   In this review essay, I briefly examine the relevant literature on the history of black colleges since Anderson, while providing an in-depth... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 25, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12302, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 3:33:44 AM

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  • Marybeth Gasman
    University of Pennsylvania
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    MARYBETH GASMAN is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the history of Black colleges and philanthropy. Her most recent publications include Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin) and Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick). She recently finished a manuscript entitled Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund (forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press). For their comments on earlier versions of this review essay, the author would like to thank Edward M. Epstein, Noah Drezner, and Christopher Tudico.
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