Black Collegians’ Experiences in US Northern Private Colleges

A Narrative History, 1945-1965

  • Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    Pages 1-27
  3. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    Pages 29-48
  4. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    Pages 49-68
  5. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    Pages 69-88
  6. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    Pages 89-106
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    Pages 135-143
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 203-277

About this book


This book is a narrative study of the lives and experiences of sixty-eight Black collegians in a set of northern private colleges in the Midwest between 1945 and 1965. Through oral histories and archival material, this text documents and reflects on their experiences in the racially isolated, northern, rural towns in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Western Pennsylvania. This history illuminates both the empowerment of these collegians and the persistent challenges of enacting institutional values in the face of resistance from both outside and within. Stewart seeks to understand the nature of progress toward pluralistic diversity in college environments characterized by the paradox of racial homogeneity and interracial engagement. In this way, the complex interplay of social movements, institutional context, individual identities, and the experiences of marginalized students in postsecondary education are more effectively demonstrated.


Higher education Integration Black educational history Liberal arts colleges Oral history Black collegians Post-war era Civil rights era

Authors and affiliations

  • Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59076-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59077-0
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