Early 20th Century Schoolhouses

picture of Crossville High School from 1944

Like its sister Southern states, Tennessee’s commitment to public education hovered on the periphery in the early twentieth century.  By that time Progressivism and race had become central but conflicting factors in influencing the development of education mores.  Progressive thought drove reform forward but the complications of race inhibited change.  This TeVA unit examines those influences by exploring government involvement, school architecture, and curricula in a “separate but equal” education system.