Fairfield high school oral history collection
Interviews with the students and teachers of the segregated African-American high school in rural Fairfield County, South Carolina, which help to shed light not just on the experience of race and exclusion, but also on the texture of daily life in one of these caring communities.
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina. Department of Oral History, University Libraries
Date of Original
Fairfield High School (Fairfield, S.C.)--Alumni and alumnae--Interviews
Segregation in education--South Carolina--History
Students--South Carolina--Fairfield County (S.C.)--Social life and customs
Stories of desegregation often focus on the urban schools that were in the spotlight thanks to their media coverage or the conflicts surrounding them, from Little Rock to Boston. Much less attention is paid to schools in rural communities, outside the media glare., In addition, the period before integration is often neglected, or discussed solely in terms of its deprivation, neglecting the worlds created by highly motivated and caring teachers, many of whom were terminated by white authorities during the integration process. Indeed, because of the exclusion of blacks from so many professions, many of the most highly educated African-Americans across the country entered the classroom as educators. Interviews with the students and teachers of the segregated African-American high school in rural Fairfield County, South Carolina, help to shed light not just on the experience of race and exclusion, but also on the texture of daily life in one of these caring communities.
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