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The Arthurdale Community SchoolEducation and Reform in Depression Era Appalachia$
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Sam F. Jr. Stack

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166889

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166889.001.0001

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The Struggle to Survive

The Struggle to Survive

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The Arthurdale Community School

Sam F. Stack

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter chronicles the second and final year of the progressive contingent of educators and their work at the Arthurdale School. Beginning the second year of the educational experiment, the Arthurdale School had new school facilities, although it often lacked sufficient supplies. Teachers such as George Beecher and Fletcher Collins sought to involve the school in the community. The school served as the center of a music festival that brought local musicians and craftsmen together to participate in popular events such as square dancing. Students crafted instruments in school and played them during musical events. This chapter emphasizes not only on the problems faced by the school but also on its successes. It follows the teachers and the children during their second year of school in the homestead, which was also supported by the National Youth Administration and the Works Progress Administration. The chapter concludes with a consideration of why the Arthurdale School did not continue as a progressive school for longer than two years.

Keywords:   National Youth Administration, Works Progress Administration, Appalachian culture, George Beecher, Instrument building, Curriculum, Unemployment

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