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Leaders of Their Race: Educating Black and White Women in the New South

Sarah H. Case


This study analyzes the educational objectives of the founders, faculty, students, and alumnae of two Georgia schools that sought to prepare young women for the new circumstances of the post-war South: Spelman Seminary of Atlanta, founded to provide a Christian education for African American women and girls, and Lucy Cobb Institute of Athens, established to educate young white ladies. Focusing on the years 1880 and 1925, an examination of these two private secondary schools provides a way to explore beliefs about women’s roles and duties, racial and class divisions between women, and changes i ... More

Keywords: Spelman Seminary, Lucy Cobb Institute, southern women, education, New South, Georgia, secondary schools, African American women, respectability, Mildred Lewis Rutherford

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041235
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah H. Case, author
University of California Santa Barbara