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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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William Goodell Frost

William Goodell Frost


(p.111) William Goodell Frost
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

William Goodell Frost was born into a New York reformist family who offered their home as a station on the Underground Railroad. Additionally, his aunt, Lavinia Goodell, was the first woman to practice law before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 1876, Frost received an AB at the progressive Oberlin College, where he later returned to teach Greek. While teaching at Oberlin, Frost became interested in Appalachia, and his interest deepened when he became the president of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, in 1893. Berea College was founded in 1855 by Kentucky abolitionist John G. Fee as an interracial institution; its supporters, both black and white, also championed black colleges such as Howard and Fisk. In the years after Kentucky’s 1904 legislation outlawing interracial education, Berea kept its white students at the Berea campus and founded Lincoln Institute in Louisville to educate African Americans. Frost implemented programs at Berea that he felt were suited to white mountain students....

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