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Invisible Founders - by Lynn Rainville (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 232

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Archaeology

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Author: Lynn Rainville

Language: English

Street Date: June 14, 2019
TCIN: 78018166
UPC: 9781789202311
Item Number (DPCI): 247-74-2837


Literal and metaphorical excavations at Sweet Briar College reveal how African American labor enabled the transformation of Sweet Briar Plantation into a private women's college in 1906. This volume tells the story of the invisible founders of a college founded by and for white women. Despite being built and maintained by African American families, the college did not integrate its student body for sixty years after it opened. In the process, Invisible Founders challenges our ideas of what a college "founder" is, restoring African American narratives to their deserved and central place in the story of a single institution - one that serves as a microcosm of the American South.

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