The Journal of African American History

The Journal of African American History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes scholarship on African American history. The Journal of African American History includes research and reviews.

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Building upon Cultural Capital: Thomas Jefferson Ferguson and the Albany Enterprise Academy in Southeast Ohio, 1863-1886
Whereas, we, a portion of the free colored citizens of the State of Ohio, [believe] that the time has come for us to define our views and positions in regard to our political, social, educational and religious elevation, and... to direct our earnest...
Community, Commitment, and African American Education: The Jackson School of Smith County, Texas, 1925-1954
This essay presents a narrative about the Jackson School in Smith County, Texas, utilizing the voices of former teachers and students who experienced its origin and evolution between 1925 and 1954. It covers the significant events in the story of the...
Cultural Capital and African American Agency: The Economic Struggle for Effective Education for African Americans in Franklin, Tennessee, 1890-1967
In Tuskegee, Alabama in the early 1880s, Booker T. Washington, a novice principal and fundraiser, initiated a capital campaign to construct permanent buildings on Tuskegee Institute's barren campus. The young school was growing and drawing students...
"I Must Learn Now or Not at All": Social and Cultural Capital in the Educational Initiatives of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Mississippi, 1862-1869
Before the Civil War there wasn't a free school in the state, but under the Reconstruction government, we built them in every country.... We paid to have every child, Negro and white, schooled equally. Today, they've cut down on the educational program,...
Introduction: Cultural Capital and African American Education
This Special Issue of The Journal of African American History examines the role of African Americans in providing financial and other material resources for the support of public and private schools established in black communities in the United States...
"Maintaining a Home for Girls": The Iowa Federation of Colored Women's Clubs at the University of Iowa, 1919-1950
This essay examines the Iowa Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (IFCWC) campaign to operate a house for African American women at the University of Iowa from 1919 to 1950. (1) It seeks to add to a growing body of literature which focuses on African...
Paradise Lost? Teachers' Perspectives on the Use of Cultural Capital in the Segregated Schools of New Orleans, Louisiana
W. E. B. Du Bois, in one of his most controversial essays 'Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?" published in 1935, concluded that what the Negro needed was neither segregated schools nor mixed schools, rather "What he needs is Education." (1) This...