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
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