Southern Cities, Southern Schools: Public Education in the Urban South

Hardcover | June 1, 1990

EditorDavid N. Plank

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Historians of urban education have concentrated their attention on the cities of the Northeast, leaving a major gap in the historiography of American schooling. This work, the first to focus on southern cities, makes an important contribution to the field. It presents case studies of growth and change in the public school systems of six cities in the deep South, together with several essays that place the southern experience in a comparative historical and historiographical context. Plank and Ginsberg examine the impact of conditions that have shaped public education in the urban South from the antebellum era to the present time, including racism, segregation, evangelical Protestantism, poverty, ruralism, and the slow pace of industrialization. Among the issues explored are struggles over progressive school reforms in both curriculum and administration, continuing battles for financial support and organizational autonomy, the impact of city politics, and the politics of black education. This book opens a new area of historical research and provides fresh perspectives on political and racial issues that continue to challenge American educators.

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Historians of urban education have concentrated their attention on the cities of the Northeast, leaving a major gap in the historiography of American schooling. This work, the first to focus on southern cities, makes an important contribution to the field. It presents case studies of growth and change in the public school systems of si...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.74 × 6.14 × 1.03 inPublished:June 1, 1990Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313262977

ISBN - 13:9780313262975

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?Plank and Ginsberg have edited this collection of 12 essays on public education in the urban South. The essays are organized into three parts; the origins of the public school systems, the causes and consequences of southern school reform, and the provision of 'separate but equal' educational facilities for blacks. An introduction sets the stage for the three parts and a bibliographic essay concludes the work. The case studies are limited geographically to the cities of the deep South--Atlanta, Charleston, Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans, and Savannah--and temporally (with one exception) from the end of the Civil War to the late 1930s. Since there is little in the literature on this subject, the book fills a void in the study of the history of urban public education in the post-bellum, pre-Sun Belt South. This work can provide new insights into the history of public school systems. . . .?-Choice