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ERIC Number: ED432757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 36
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Tenacious Southern Progressives: Confounding Mencken's Myth of Mediocrity.
Allen, Louise; Reynolds, Katherine
After H.L. Mencken in a 1920 essay labeled the American South "the Sahara of the Bozart," the journalist Gerald Johnson debated with him the merits of southern intellectual life primarily as indicated in southern literature. There were noteworthy southern artists, journalists, social anthropologists, and educators, ranging from the scholars surrounding noted sociologist Howard Odum at the University of North Carolina to the "fugitive" writers in and around Vanderbilt University. In southern education, liberal figures like college presidents William Louis Poteat (Wake Forest University) and Harry Woodburn Chase (University of North Carolina) readily fit the progressive label, along with education pioneers such as Wil Lou Gray, who started a vocational school that sparked the technical education movement in South Carolina and Cora Wilson Stewart, a founder of the Kentucky Literacy Commission. The progressive movement in the South, however, meant "progressive for whites only." The paper considers in detail the accomplishments of Laura Bragg, the first woman in the country to direct a museum, and of John Andrew Rice, the founder of Black Mountain College, and discusses the idea of the museum as a progressive educational institution. Contains 74 notes. (NKA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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