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Hilary Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270118

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270118.001.0001

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Remaking Old Blue College

Remaking Old Blue College

Emerson Normal and Addressing the Need for Public Schoolteachers

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Educational Reconstruction

Hilary Green

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the expansion and refinement of the educational partnership between black Mobilians and the American Missionary Association through Emerson Normal. This redefined partnership led to the establishment of a corps of public schoolteachers necessary for new state school system. Outside the classroom, Emerson Normal graduates became an essential asset for black Mobilians and their slow and arduous struggle for African American public education and racial equality. They used these resources to secure Broad Street Academy, African American public schoolteachers, and school administrative positions. Without Emerson Normal and its graduates, the chapter argues that the public schools and turn of the century racial uplift activism would have been greatly impaired.

Keywords:   American Missionary Association, Broad Street Academy, Emerson Institute, Mobile, Alabama, normal schools, public schoolteachers, racial uplift

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