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The Schooling of Southern Blacks: The Roles of Legal Activism and Private Philanthropy, 1910–1960

John Donohue (), James Heckman and Petra E. Todd

The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2002, vol. 117, issue 1, 225-268

Abstract: Improvements in education and educational quality are widely acknowledged to be major contributors to black economic progress in the twentieth century. This paper investigates the sources of improvement in black education in the South in the first half of the century and demonstrates the important roles of social activism, especially NAACP litigation and private philanthropy, in improving the quality and availability of public schooling. Many scholars view education as a rival to social activism in explaining black economic progress, but such a view misses the important role of philanthropic and legal interventions in promoting education.

Date: 2002
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