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James W. Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169118

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169118.001.0001

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Prejudice versus Common Sense

Prejudice versus Common Sense

(p.17) 2 Prejudice versus Common Sense

James W. Miller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter traces the history of segregated education in Kentucky by focusing on Berea College, which enrolled African American students shortly after the Civil War. After a state legislator visited the campus in 1904 and saw black and white students living together, he pushed a bill through the state legislature banning white students and students of color from attending the same school. The Berea governing board responded by establishing a school in Simpsonville, Kentucky, for the education of young African Americans: Lincoln Institute. The curriculum was based on Booker T. Washington's view that vocational education was the key to black advancement, although W. E. B. DuBois argued that educating black students in subjects such as humanities, mathematics, and science would achieve both political and economic progress.

Keywords:   prejudice, common sense, segregation, Berea, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois, curriculum, vocational education, humanities

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