Separate and Unequal: Public School Campaigns and Racism in the Southern Seaboard States, 1901-1915

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Essay on Sources

THE PURPOSE of the following essay is simply to serve as a guide to the more relevant and important primary sources and secondary works for the history of Southern seaboard public education between 1901 and 1915. Those searching for more detailed information are referred to the rather complete bibliographical information in the footnotes. This essay would serve little purpose by any simple repetition of the information already presented. The short pamphlets with long names, the stillborn dissertations based upon questionnaires, have therefore been eliminated, as have many general works on the period and subject which are available in other bibliographical compilations.


I. MANUSCRIPTS

The private papers of most of the leading members and agents of the Southern Education Board were available for use in this study, and they were heavily used in treating that aspect of the subject. By contrast, relatively little manuscript material was easily available on the actual workings of public school support or race relations in the Southern seaboard. The manuscript sources are therefore almost entirely confined to those related to the Board and its Southern work.

Largely because of the diligent work of the late Charles W. Dabney, there is a Southern Education Collection of some 21,900 items in the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina. The largest collection of

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