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Southern Education and Racial Discrimination, 1880-1910

Resource Type
  • Kousser, J. Morgan (California Institute of Technology)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Free Keywords
educational policy; Southern United States; racial discrimination; education
  • Abstract

    This data collection makes machine readable extensive data from the reports of southern state superintendents of education, generally for years divisible by 5, from 1880 to 1910, and merges it with political data. Similar reports of state comptrollers were also sources. Everything is on the county level. The data are from eight ex-Confederate states, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.

    The purpose of the collection was to assess the changes in the distribution of educational goals by race and class. For example, what effects did the disfranchisement of blacks and poor whites have on the pattern of educational expenditures?

    Files in this collection are organized by state and within each state by files with extensions indicated respectively by COD, DOC and DAT. Files with the .COD extension list the counties and the county code abbreviations used in the corresponding data files. Files with the .DOC extension describe the wealth and educational data given in the corresponding DATA files. The .DOC files are organized in groups of 6 to correspond with the structure of the .DAT files. Files with the .DAT extension list the numeric educational and wealth data values corresponding to the description given in the .DOC files. Files with the .BAK extension appear to be backups of .DAT files, although some .BAK files may differ slightly from the corresponding original .DAT files.

    The primary publication resulting from this data collection:
    Kousser, J. M. (1980). Progressivism - For Middle-Class Whites Only: North Carolina Education, 1880-1910. The Journal of Southern History, 46(2), 169-194.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1880-01-01 / 1910-12-31
  • 1880-01-01 / 1910-12-31
Geographic Coverage
  • North Carolina
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Arkansas
Funding insitution(s): National Endowment for the Humanities (R0-20225-82).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.

Update Metadata: 2016-08-27 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-19

Kousser, J. Morgan (2016): Southern Education and Racial Discrimination, 1880-1910. Version: 3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.