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- DescriptionDetailing the inception of segregated public schools in 1867 and the aftermath of federal court-ordered desegregation through 1983, Reading, Writing, and Segregation is a study of the experiences of African American women teachers in Nashville. Sonya Ramsey examines the familial and educational backgrounds, working environments, and political strategies of Nashville's African American teachers, who constituted the majority of its black middle class. Grounded in extensive interviews with both black and white women who made the transition to integrated schools, Ramsey\u2019s history reveals how educators in an urban Southern environment responded t only to desegregation and integration but also to critical moments in U.S. history, such as the world wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights and women\u2019s movements. Her exploration of how they constructed identities as middle-class women and how desegregation transformed their teaching roles illuminates the links among class, gender, and race in segregated communities; the racialized and gendered meanings of professionalism; and the complex consequences of desegregation.
- Author BiographySonya Ramsey is an associate professor of history at the University to North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Author(s)Sonya Yvette Ramsey
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication08/02/2008
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleWomen in American History
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Weight481 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine22 mm
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