By George L. Jackson
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38 The centerpiece of this system was the black Preparatory High School, established in 1870, two years before the establishment of a white public high school. From the beginning, the high school offered a classical curriculum and aimed to prepare children of the elite for a university education. Its aims ran counter to the prevailing white notion of the position of blacks in American society at the turn of the century. " It was the first school of its kind in the country dedicated to teacher training.
At first all of its officers were church members, but as the debates began to draw a large and prestigious audience from outside the church, demands for a different leadership were heard. W. Calvin Chase editorialized in the Bee: "Observing [friends] of this association have for some time noticed the growing tendency to restrict and contract the high purposes of its founding to denominational Page 20 man worship and glorification. " Chase also objected that only those speakers whose views were in accordance with Stevenson's were recognized when they sought to join the discussion.
For the "fellowship" that enabled me to finish the dissertation on which this book is based, Austin College for having faith that I would finish when I wasn't so sure myself, my father for his constant encouragement, and my mother for her support. To John, thanks for everything. Page 1 Introduction For many years research in black history focused primarily on slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. Studies of the turn-of-the-century black experience emphasized the rise of Jim Crow in the South and the debate over racial leadership between Booker T.