An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art


The Spencer Museum’s workshops will rely on readings to supplement and expand content learned through lectures, hands-on presentations, tours, curricular strategy sessions, and guided tours. All required readings will be made available to participating educators via mail and a password protected page with PDFs. For a full bibliography, please refer to this PDF.

Advance Readings

Teachers will be required to read four texts prior to arriving at the workshops. The two books will be mailed to accepted teachers in April, and the two articles will be available to download from the project website. 

Advance Readings Bibliography
Child, Brenda J. 1999. Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families 1900-1940. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Taylor, Quintard. 2007. "Native Americans and African Americans: Four Intersections across Time and Space in the West." In The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience, edited by James N. Leiker, Kim Warren, and Barbara Watkins, pp. 90-104. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Hall Center for the Humanities.

Warren, Kim Cary. 2010. The Quest for Citizenship: African American and Native American Education in Kansas, 1880-1935. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Warren, Kim Cary. 2007. “Introduction.” In The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience, edited by James N. Leiker, Kim Warren, and Barbara Watkins, pp. 1-9. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Hall Center for the Humanities.

Assigned Readings

In addition to Advance Readings, Summer Scholars will be expected to complete daily reading assignments. These Assigned Readings will be available to Summer Scholars as PDFs through a password protected page on this site before, during, and after the workshops. These can be downloaded to a personal computer/tablet or printed depending on personal preference. To review when these particular readings will be assigned and in what context, refer to the Daily Schedule

Assigned Readings Bibliography
Adams, David Wallace. 1995. “Institution.” In Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, pp. 97-135. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Coulter, Charles E. 2006. “Chapter Five: School, Church, and Health: Institutions of Salvation.” In “Take up the Black Man’s Burden”: Kansas City’s African American Communities, 1865-1939, pp. 177-216. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

Dagbovie, Pero Gaglo. 2007. “Strategies for Teaching African American History: Musings from the Past, Ruminations for the Future.” The Journal of Negro Education 75 (4): 635-648.

Dougherty, Jack. 2004. “Redefining the Local Meaning of Brown v. Board” and “Conclusion: Rethinking History and Policy in the Post-Brown Era.” In More than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee, pp. 34-50 and 194-202. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Douglas, Davison M. 2005. “Introduction.” In Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954, pp. 1-11. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Fear-Segal, Jacqueline. 2002. “‘Use the Club of White Man’s Wisdom in Defence [sic] of Our Customs’: White Schools and Native Agendas.” American Studies International 40 (3): pp. 6-32.

Harvey, William B. and Adia M. Harvey. 2005. “Bi-generational Narratives on the Brown v. Board Decision.” Negro Educational Review 56 (1): 43-49.

Hinger, Charlotte. 2016. Excerpts TBD. Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas. Race and Culture in the American West Volume 11, Series edited by Quintard Taylor. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Milk, Theresa. 2007. “Stories of Student Survival.” In Haskell Institute: 19th Century Stories of Sacrifice and Survival, pp. 61-113. Lawrence, KS: Mammoth Publications.

Painter, Nell Irvin. 1986. “Reconstruction’s Aftermath: Schools and Politics.” In Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction, pp. 44-53. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Peavler, David J. 2005. “Drawing the Color Line in Kansas City: The Creation of Sumner High School.” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 27: 188-201.

Schirmer, Sherry Lamb. 2002. “Setting Boundaries: The Emergence of Jim Crow, 19001920.” In A City Divided: The Racial Landscape of Kansas City, 1900-1960, pp. 26-57. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

Trafzer, Clifford E., Jean A. Keller, and Lorene Sisquoc. 2006. “Origin and Development of the American Indian Boarding School System.” In Boarding School Blues: Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences, edited by Clifford E. Trafzer, Jean A. Keller, and Lorene Sisquoc, pp. 1–33. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Supplementary Readings 

Project faculty have compiled a list of Supplementary Readings that teachers may wish to consult to deepen their understanding of the workshop topic and themes. None of these readings are required, but they should provide a foundation for those wanting to delve deeper into the themes explored in the workshops. 

Supplementary Readings Bibliography
Anderson, Noel S. and Haroon Kharem, eds. 2009. Education as Freedom: African American Educational Thought and Activism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Carney, Cary Michael. 1999. Native American Higher Education in the United States. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Caruthers, Loyce E. 2007. “The Soil of Silence.” American Educational History Journal 34(2): 303-313.

Coleman, Michael C. 1993. American Indian Children at School, 1850-1930. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Fear-Segal, Jacqueline. 2007. White Man’s Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Huffman, Terry. 2013. American Indian Educators in Reservation Schools. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press.

Katanski, Amelia. 2007. Learning to Write “Indian”: The Boarding School Experience and American Indian Literature. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Leiker, James N., Kim Warren, and Barbara Watkins, eds. 2007. The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience. Lawrence, KS: The University of Kansas, Hall Center for the Humanities.

Miles, Tiya and Sharon P. Holland, eds. 2006. Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Morgan, Harry. 1995. Historical Perspectives on the Education of Black Children. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Peterson, Jean A, Kathryn A. Mickelson, Jan L. Petersen and Diane S. Gross. 2008. “Educating for Success: The Legacy of an All-Black School in Southeast Kansas.” The Journal of Negro Education 77 (4): 306-322.

Rury, John L. and Shirley A. Hill. 2012. The African American Struggle for Secondary Schooling, 1940-1980: Closing the Graduation Gap. New York, NY: Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University.

Thomas, Veronica G, and Janine A. Jackson. 2007. “The Education of African American Girls and Women: Past to Present.” The Journal of Negro Education 76 (3): 357-372.

Tosee, Mike and Carmaletta M. Williams, eds. 2007. Of Two Spirits: American Indian and African American Oral Histories. Lawrence, KS: The University of Kansas, Hall Center for the Humanities.

Vučković, Myriam. 2008. Voices from Haskell: Indian Students between Two Worlds, 1884-1928. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Wilkerson, Isabel. 2011. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. New York, NY: Vintage.

Williams, Heather Andrea. 2005. Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Williamson, Joy Ann, Lori Rhodes and Michael Dunson. 2007. “A Selected History of Social Justice in Education.” American Educational Research Association 31: 195-224

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

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