"Being in the Field of Education and so Being a Negro ... Seems... Tragic": Black Teachers in the Jim Crow South

@article{Fairclough2000BeingIT,
  title={"Being in the Field of Education and so Being a Negro ... Seems... Tragic": Black Teachers in the Jim Crow South},
  author={A. Fairclough},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
  year={2000},
  volume={87},
  pages={65-91}
}
  • A. Fairclough
  • Published 2000
  • History
  • The Journal of American History
"Teachers, you are the shapers of thought and the molders of sentiment, not of this age and of this generation alone, but of ages and generations to come. You are making history by those you teach.... You are the few that are moulding the masses." This ringing exhortation by Rev. G. M. Elliott to the 1888 meeting of the Alabama State Teachers Association (ASTA) typified the missionary fervor that teachers brought to their work in the nineteenth century. For black teachers, education brought the… Expand
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