Reading, Writing, and Segregation

Reading, Writing, and Segregation : A Century of Black Women Teachers in Nashville

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Detailing the inception of segregated public schools in 1867 and the aftermath of federal court-ordered desegregation through 1983, Reading, Writing, and Segregation is a study of the experiences of African American women teachers in Nashville. Sonya Ramsey examines the familial and educational backgrounds, working environments, and political strategies of Nashville's African American teachers, who constituted the majority of its black middle class. Grounded in extensive interviews with both black and white women who made the transition to integrated schools, Ramsey\u2019s history reveals how educators in an urban Southern environment responded not only to desegregation and integration but also to critical moments in U.S. history, such as the world wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights and women\u2019s movements. Her exploration of how they constructed identities as middle-class women and how desegregation transformed their teaching roles illuminates the links among class, gender, and race in segregated communities; the racialized and gendered meanings of professionalism; and the complex consequences of more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252032292
  • 9780252032295
  • 2,074,256

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"Ramsey presents some fascinating insights into Nashville's black educational system and its black women teachers while also opening a path for historians to reassess how African American education differed within the urban South and developed in distinct ways."--American Historical Review"Reading, Writing, and Segregation is a ground-breaking work on black education that focuses on black teachers and their role in the educational system and in their communities."--H-SAWH "Well researched and well written. . . . Ramsey has produced a study with important insights applicable not only to black female teachers in Nashville, but to other African Americans who faced the challenges of segregation and integration during this volatile era."--Journal of American History "A quick read . . . Offers a rich analysis of African American women educators in Nashville, Tennessee."--Journal of African American Historyshow more

About Sonya Yvette Ramsey

Sonya Ramsey is an associate professor of history at the University to North Carolina at more

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