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Greater than EqualAfrican American Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965$
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Sarah Caroline Thuesen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807839300

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469609706_Thuesen

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Lessons in Citizenship

Lessons in Citizenship

Confronting the Limits of Curricular Equalization in the Jim Crow South

(p.49) Chapter Two Lessons in Citizenship
Greater than Equal

Sarah Caroline Thuesen

University of North Carolina Press

In the battle of equality education, African Americans first had to challenge the assumptions made by whites about black intellectual inferiority. This chapter focuses on the achievements that black community leaders made in the school equality battle. It also highlights two important curricular reform movements that uncovered the barriers to curricular equalization in the Jim Crow South. The chapter further explores why state school leaders were willing to make educational equality concessions and why this victory, in the state's early black public high school development context, was initially more figurative than absolute. The chapter then discusses the arguments made by the black educators and historic movements during the 1920s in the context of cultural citizenship. The chapter concludes with a detailed discussion of Negro jobs, vocational training, and struggles for economic citizenship.

Keywords:   equality education, black intellectual inferiority, school equality, curricular reform, Jim Crow South, vocational training

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