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A Faithful Account of the RaceAfrican American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Stephen G. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833056

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899199_hall

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To Smite the Rock of Knowledge

To Smite the Rock of Knowledge

The Black Academy and the Professionalization of History

(p.188) Chapter 6 To Smite the Rock of Knowledge
A Faithful Account of the Race

Stephen G. Hall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter, in an attempt to make sense of the shift in historical production and the meanings of professionalization among African American scholars and within the black community, focuses on developments within the black academy, especially the different types of schools: classically oriented schools such as Howard and Atlanta Universities, missionary and clerical training grounds such as Clark and Morris Brown Colleges and Gammon Theological Seminary, and industrial and normal schools such as Hampton and Tuskegee. Located in both urban and rural communities, and reflecting different educational missions, these schools epitomized the contested trajectory of African American education during the period. Examining the role of history within these institutions sheds light on its importance to the development of the discipline in the diversity of the black academy.

Keywords:   historical production, professionalization, African American scholars, black community, black academy

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