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.

holtzclaw_portrait_BMBThe Black Man’s Burden by William H. Holtzclaw – this is Holtzclaw’s autobiography and the central text for our study. [etext at Internet Archive]

Lesson Plans

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

Bibliography for Anderson’s Education of Blacks in the South & Eubank’s Ever is a Long Time.

Article on Rosenwald Schools and the “ghost schools” (Thanks, Missy!)

Articles on the Clinton Riots: Missy’s article | Brough’s article

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.

Holtzclaw Institute Unit Plan.

Mississippi History Now sample lesson plan.

Identifying Essential Questions design tool with prompts.

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

Antebellum Slave Narrative, 1789-1865

Postbellum Slave Narrative, 1866-1901

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

Teaching Tools

Syllabus Planning