Ideals and Adventures

Ideals and Adventures

Book - 2017 | Facsimile edition
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Emma E. Akin came to the oil boomtown of Drumright, Oklahoma, in 1920 to teach at the many elementary schools strewn about the oil patch. It wasn't until 1930 that the African-American Dunbar School was added to her roster. Having had no prior interaction with African-Americans she was apprehensive about this new position. Yet, after a year of working with the faculty and students, she fell in love with this community.Frustrated at the lack of educational resources that focused on the history and contributions of African-Americans, Akin took on the task of writing a series of textbooks that depicted the children in the positive reality that she had come to know. After seven years of extensive work and research, The Negro American Series was published in 1938 and the books were distributed throughout the segregated schools of the south. The actual faculty, students, and families of the Dunbar School were the subjects of these four pioneering academic ventures. In 1965, Akin established the Drumright Historical Society Museum and now, 50 years since the museum's inception and 78 years since the first publishing, we introduce her works to the world through this first reprinting of The Negro American Series.
Publisher: [Drumright, Oklahoma] : Drumright Historical Society, [2017?]
Edition: Facsimile edition
ISBN: 9781535595704 (paperback)
1535595701 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: 920.009296 AKI
Characteristics: 251 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: That Man Stone Co.


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