African American Education; 19th Century American History; Women's History
M. A. S. S., Florida A & M University, 2003
Christina's dissertation explores intersections of race, gender, and educational access from the perspective of women who lived, taught, and formed relationships with black and white southerners between 1861 and 1877. "Reconstructing Black Education: Teachers' Impact on Student Learning in the Post-bellum South" disentangles the history of women teachers in the post-bellum South from the misconceptions that have clouded prescriptive views of nineteenth-century women, teaching as a profession, and the benefits of traditional education for southern black people. Also underway, a joint project with English Professor Barbara McCaskill recovers the civil rights activism of photographer, actor, and cinematographer Joseph Richardson Jones whose life points to the early roots of the civil rights movement.