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Invisible founders : how two centuries of African American families transformed a plantation into a college

Author: Lynn Rainville
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rainville, Lynn, author.
Invisible founders
New York : Berghahn Books, 2019
(DLC) 2019011095
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Rainville
ISBN: 9781789202311 1789202310
OCLC Number: 1066125222
Description: xiii, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Invisible workers --
Family origins, 1685-1810 --
Slavery in Virginia, 1811-1830 --
Survival strategies, 1831-1857 --
Families divided, 1858-1865 --
Freedom communities, 1866-1883 --
Mourning the dead, 1884-1900 --
Forgotten founders, 1901-2001 --
Commemorating founders.
Responsibility: Lynn Rainville.

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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.  Read more...

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