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Entangled by White SupremacyReform in World War I-era South Carolina$
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Janet G. Hudson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125022

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125022.001.0001

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Financing Educational Reform

Financing Educational Reform

(p.261) Chapter 11 Financing Educational Reform
Entangled by White Supremacy

Janet G. Hudson

University Press of Kentucky

As South Carolina's illiteracy rate was at 20 percent, the state was revealed to be as the second most illiterate in America. Also, it was important to note that three out of four adults in the state were not even able to finish elementary education. Both the black and white reformers believed that the state's poverty, dependence on cotton agriculture, and insufficient state services was compounded by the undereducated and the illiterate population as well as the public school system. As such, education reform remained as one of the fundamental goals of the reformers. Educated black leaders believed that better education would serve as a means for gaining greater opportunities for achieving economic independence for the African Americans while white reformers believed that other reforms may be accelerated through raising education and lessening illiteracy. This chapter focuses on the means for obtaining resources to support educational reform.

Keywords:   illiteracy, education, educational reform, poverty, state services, public school system, economic independence

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