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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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Creating an Intellectual Partnership While Easing the White Man’s Burden

Creating an Intellectual Partnership While Easing the White Man’s Burden

James E. Shepard Advancing the Race through His Intellectual Partnerships

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Between Washington and Du Bois

Reginald K. Ellis

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the faculty that Shepard was able to recruit to NCC during the height of the Jim Crow period. It also focuses on Shepard’s desire to elevate the race by hiring qualified faculty of all races who had the ability to train their students to be critical thinkers, while also using their skills in a pragmatic manner. In this chapter I argue that Shepard understood the role of a highly qualified faculty, not only in their capacity as educators but also as researchers. For example, it was with Shepard’s blessings that Dr. John Hope Franklin was able to begin the first draft of his landmark work, From Slavery to Freedom, while he served on the faculty at North Carolina College for Negroes. I also argue that Shepard’s faculty and invited speakers were appointed or invited not only to provide “book knowledge” but also to offer training for his students in becoming moral social activists for the race.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, John Hope Franklin, North Carolina College for Negroes

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