On this page, we’ll highlight a growing collection of resources we have found to be helpful in our study of Holtzclaw and his legacy.
The Black Man’s Burden by William H. Holtzclaw – this is Holtzclaw’s autobiography and the central text for our study. [etext at Internet Archive]
As part of our Summer Institute, participants created lesson plans for use in their context. We’re making available a selection of those resources for classroom use.
Exploring the African American Industrial Boarding School Model as a Means of Economic and Social Advancement: A Comparative Analysis of Holtzclaw’s Utica Normal and Industrial Institute and Jones’ The Piney Woods School. Arnetra Pleas, Holmes Community College.
Audience: College African American Literature students.
Tracing the Evolution of Black Education in the South. Morgan Ricks, Northeast Mississippi CC.
Audience: College/AP history students
Reconstruction & Redemption/Rise of the Jim Crow South, Melissa J. Jones, Mississippi College.
Audience: College/AP Mississippi history students
Tulsa Race Riots: How Would You Report the Story? Phredd Evans, Millwood (OK) High School.
Audience: High school history students
Key Elements of the Educational Experiences of African Americans during Slavery,
Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow South. Dee Stowers, Raymond High School.
Audience: High school African American Studies students
Introducing Alumni Oral History, Erika Witt, Southern University at New Orleans
Audience: College students
Turning a “Boy” into a “Man”: The Making of the African-American Male after Emancipation. Ashley Lancaster, Itawamba (MS) Community College.
Audience: College Literature students
Seminar Reading List
(links to review posts)
Anderson, James D. The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1988. Print.
Jones, Jacqueline. A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America. New York: Basic Books, 2013. Print.
Moses, Wilson Jeremiah. Creative Conflict in African American Thought: Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Marcus Garvey. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.
Smethurst, James. The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2011. Print.
Watkins, William H. The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954. New York: Teachers College P, 2001. Print.
2017 Summer Institute Links
Article on Rosenwald Schools and the “ghost schools” (Thanks, Missy!)
Monday – Lesson Planning Links
Virtual Library of Conceptual Units – site with sample unit plans. We’re using this format for the units that we are developing using Understanding by Design methods. Vanderbilt Center for Teaching info.
Mississippi History Now sample lesson plan.
Monday – The Black Press
Coding the Black Press presentation – Dr. Kristi Melancon.
Tuesday – Historical Context with Dr. Sade Turnipseed
Session Audio (Thanks, Dee!)
Wednesday – African American Autobiography with Dr. William Andrews
Video Link to recorded session (raw/unedited footage)
Thursday – Connections in the Mississippi Delta
House of Khafre – Dr. Turnipseed’s project, see especially the link to the Cotton Pickers Monument. We would also encourage you to participate in her upcoming symposium focusing on the Cotton Kingdom (this year’s theme is Field Hollers and Freedom Songs) in November. Contact her for a Call for Participation if you’d like to submit a paper!
Friday – The Utica Jubilee Singers with Dr. Bobby Cooper
Video link to recorded session
- North American Slave Narrative Collection – a digital humanities project presenting the full-text of all known slave and ex-slave narratives in English up to 1920. Edited by consulting scholar William L. Andrews.
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers – this site from the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities presents full-text, searchable archives for thousands of historic papers dating from 1836-1922.
- Timeline JS3 from Knight Lab – a great tool for digital projects, this timeline generator allows students to create rich multimodal projects.
- Margaret Walker Center at JSU – the MWC offers a number of archival collections of interest to our study. The August Meier Farish Street photography collection is one digital archive. For an example of how those images might be used in student work, see The Farish Street Project from Ole Miss’ Southern Documentary Project.
- Creating Effective Poster Presentations – helpful site for undergraduate research from NCSU.