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ERIC Number: EJ877162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
"The Way We Found Them to Be": Remembering E. Franklin Frazier and the Politics of Respectable Black Teachers
Kelly, Hilton
Urban Education, v45 n2 p142-165 2010
Given the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of E. Franklin Frazier's award-winning "Black Bourgeoisie", this article reconsiders the political nature of a respectability discourse among black teachers in the Jim Crow South. Writing against Frazier's image of a materialistic and status-addicted black middle class, I argue that the politics of respectability shaped teachers' perceptions and actions in positive ways. Drawing upon oral history narratives across three counties in the coastal plains of North Carolina, I show how a collective memory of teaching in legally segregated schools for blacks offers a fresh look at "respectable black teachers." Instead of limiting or constraining black teachers' work, the politics of respectability actually gave them a sense of purpose and hope to forge ahead. (Contains 1 table and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina