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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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Training “Leaders of Their Own Race”

Training “Leaders of Their Own Race”

The Educational Mission of Spelman Seminary

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Leaders of Their Race

Sarah H. Case

University of Illinois Press

Through a focus on Spelman Seminary of Atlanta, Georgia, between its founding in 1881 and the 1920s, this chapter analyzes the ideological assumptions behind, and the content of, education for black female respectability. An analysis of the content of the education offered at Spelman and the goals of administrators, board members, faculty, and supporters provides an understanding of how secondary schools for girls taught the attributes of respectability. To a surprising degree, industrial education was viewed as essential to the curriculum of a school for “striving” black young women. In contrast to traditional interpretations of black education that oppose industrial and academic education, Spelman faculty and associates viewed industrial and academic education as mutually reinforcing.

Keywords:   Spelman Seminary, African American women, black education, industrial education, respectability, Atlanta

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