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Meg Gudgeirsson on Racism in Education

Hot off the press! Meg Gudgeirsson's article, "'We Do Not Have Any Prejudice…but…': Racism in the Interracial Berea Literary Institute, 1866–1904," was recently published in Ohio Valley History, Volume 20, Number 3 (Fall 2020): 26-50. Meg’s article on a Kentucky school’s experiment in interracial education provides important insight into the complex history of race, racism, segregation, and white supremacy in the post–Civil War South. Her analysis of the experiences of and relationships between students, and the conflicting statements and actions of the schools’ leaders demonstrate “the insidious nature of prejudice, found even among a community of people who identified as abolitionists before the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.”