Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects


A Long War Against Ignorance: Educational Improvement for Rural and Black South Carolinians, 1890-1915

Publication Date

Spring 2021


Education for underserved rural and Black communities improved significantly between 1890 and 1915. Leaders in the State Superintendent’s office, local community advocates, and individual teachers impressed upon both the public and legislature that education was the ticket to put South Carolina on the path of economic growth and national respectability. During this time, great strides in school and teacher quality, school accessibility, and consistent student attendance for both Black students and rural students show that education in South Carolina improved despite many obstacles.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy

Document Type

Honors Thesis

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