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Between Washington and Du BoisThe Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard$
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Reginald K. Ellis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056609

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056609.001.0001

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“Change the Man and the Environments Will Be Changed by Man”

“Change the Man and the Environments Will Be Changed by Man”

The Creation of the National Religious Training Institution and Chautauqua for the Negro Race

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Between Washington and Du Bois

Reginald K. Ellis

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the creation of the National Religious Training Institute and Chautauqua (NRTIC), while also revealing a shift in Shepard’s approach to racial issues in North Carolina at the turn of the twentieth century. I analyze relationships that Shepard built with Benjamin Newton Duke and the Duke family and other philanthropists. Moreover, I discuss Shepard’s position on the Washington/Du Bois debate. Shepard is considered by scholars of NCC as a colleague of Washington while also garnering the respect of Du Bois. I reveal the influence and respect that Shepard had within North Carolina as NRTIC shifted from a private to a public entity and became the first publicly funded black college in the South that focused primarily on liberal arts education.

Keywords:   National Religious Training Institute and Chautauqua, Benjamin Newton Duke, Washington/Du Bois debate, liberal arts education

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