A Utopian Experiment in Kentucky: Integration & Social Equality at Berea, 1866-1904

Hardcover | January 8, 1996

byRichard Sears

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A major social and educational experiment in race relations was conducted in Berea, Kentucky, from 1866 to 1904. During those years Berea contained a community, school, and church which were all fully integrated: white people, mostly from the Kentucky Appalachian region, and black people, former slaves and their children, from the Blue Grass country, lived, worked, and studied together in an atmosphere designed to foster social equality. Sears demonstrates that integration and social equality among the races are not unrealizable ideals; at Berea in the second half of the 19th century these ideals were lived out in practical terms. The Berea project was killed by state and federal legislation, not by being intrinsically unworkable.

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A major social and educational experiment in race relations was conducted in Berea, Kentucky, from 1866 to 1904. During those years Berea contained a community, school, and church which were all fully integrated: white people, mostly from the Kentucky Appalachian region, and black people, former slaves and their children, from the Blue...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:228 pagesPublished:January 8, 1996Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0313300402

ISBN - 13:9780313300400

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.,."Sears...presents a cogently written, thoroughly documented history of this "Utopian experiment" during the decades when it was "a well-known and singular example that black people and white people could live, work, study, worship, and play together, the period when integration and social equality actually worked.""-Utopian Studies