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Stand and Prosper : Private Black Colleges and Their Students - Henry N. Drewry

Stand and Prosper

Private Black Colleges and Their Students

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Published: 2nd November 2003
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"Stand and Prosper" is the first authoritative history in decades of black colleges and universities in America. It tells the story of educational institutions that offered, and continue to offer, African Americans a unique opportunity to transcend the legacy of slavery while also bearing its burden. Henry Drewry and Humphrey Doermann present an up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of their past, present, and possible future.

Black colleges fully got off the ground only after the Civil War--more than two centuries after higher education formally began in British North America. Despite horrendous obstacles, they survived and even proliferated until well past the mid-twentieth century. As the authors show, however, the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in "Brown v. Board of Education" brought them to a crucial juncture. While validating the rights of blacks to pursue opportunities outside racial and class lines, it drew the future of these institutions into doubt. By the mid-1970s black colleges competed with other colleges for black students--a welcome expansion of choices for African-American youth but a huge recruitment challenge for black colleges.

The book gradually narrows its focus from a general history to a look at the development of forty-five private black colleges in recent decades. It describes their varied responses to the changes of the last half-century and documents their influence in the development of the black middle class. The authors underscore the vital importance of government in supporting these institutions, from the Freedman's Bureau during Reconstruction to federal aid in our own time.

"Stand and Prosper" offers a fascinating portrait of the distinctive place black colleges and universities have occupied in American history as crucibles of black culture, and of the formidable obstacles they must surmount if they are to continue fulfilling this important role.

Winner of the 2001 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Sociology and Anthropology, Association of American Publishers "The book includes much factual data on the colleges but aptly conveys the important contributions of these schools as race relations have evolved and the challenges they face in the future, ranging from chronic underfunding to attacks on affirmative action. A valuable resource."--Booklist "Stand and Prosper is a very informative read. [It] is a great book for teenagers on their way to college, or for an inquisitive parent searching for the right place to send their child."--Kurt London, Black Diaspora "[A] landmark study... It is a 'first:' an authoritative, comprehensive study of the forty-five private four-year colleges in the United States, complete with data, historical facts, and institutional case studies... The conclusions reached by Drewry and Doermann ... are encouraging for the future of black colleges and for any institution truly dedicated to learning."--Elizabeth S. Blake, About Campus "Historically black colleges and universities are an integral part of the American system of higher education... Stand and Prosper makes a meaningful contribution to the ongoing quest for understanding, recognition, and appreciation of these institutions."--Ronyelle B. Ricard and M. Christopher Brown, Journal of Higher Education

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Panoramap. 1
Major Historical Factors Influencing Black Higher Educationp. 13
The Beginnings of Black Higher Educationp. 32
Public Schools, High Schools, Normal Schools, and Collegesp. 41
Curriculump. 57
Higher Education in a New Centuryp. 70
Two Decades of Desegregationp. 99
Talladega College: A Case History (1867 to 1975)p. 127
Leadership and Luckp. 160
The Graduatesp. 181
The Studentsp. 196
Faculty: Challenge and Responsep. 218
The Small Collegesp. 233
Student Aidp. 244
External Sources of Supportp. 254
Leadership and Financial Independencep. 268
Stand and Prosperp. 280
Notesp. 289
Referencesp. 311
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780691116327
ISBN-10: 0691116326
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd November 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.54