Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

College Cancels "Happy Slaves" Class

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

College Cancels "Happy Slaves" Class

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ARCHDALE, N.C. -- Community college officials cancelled the final class of a Civil War history course that featured controversial claims by its instructors that most slaves were happy in captivity.

"We would never intentionally set up any class that is offensive to anyone in our community ... and obviously this class has done that," said Larry K. Linker, president of Randolph Community College. "Therefore, we are going to step back and take a close look at it ... and at Our process of approving courses."

Linker's decision to cancel the final class came one day after civil rights leaders announced plans to hold a public forum in North, Carolina so historians and other Civil War experts could counter the claims.

Linker also said there were no plans to offer the class next semester.

"At this time it is not scheduled again," he said.

The instructors in the nine-week course entitled "North Carolina's Role in the War for Southern Independence" are members of a Confederate heritage group.

Lead instructor Jack Perdue did not join Linker at the news conference at the school's main campus in Asheboro. The instructor has avoided the media since the story broke.

"I don't know if he was invited," said Linker, who earlier acknowledged that he had never met Perdue face to face and had-spoken with him only once.

Perdue is High Point post commander of the heritage group, Sons of Confederate Veterans and a confederate history buff who has served on historic-properties commissions in the Greensboro area. …

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