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Leaders of Their RaceEducating Black and White Women in the New South$
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Sarah H. Case

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041235

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041235.001.0001

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Women, Education, and the New South

(p.1) Introduction
Leaders of Their Race

Sarah H. Case

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides an overview of two private Georgia schools that sought to prepare young women post-Reconstruction South: Spelman Seminary of Atlanta, educating African American women and girls, and Lucy Cobb Institute, established for young white elite women in Athens. Examining schools for girls run and staffed by women allows us to see how women themselves developed new ideas about women’s responsibilities and duties for their society and their race in the changed circumstances of the New South. It argues that concerns about female sexuality and respectability united the two schools, despite their very different interpretations of what would constitute a desirable New South.

Keywords:   Spelman Seminary, Lucy Cobb Institute, Georgia, secondary schools, African American women, New South

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