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In 1918 Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, becoming its first female African American graduate (though she was not allowed to "walk" at graduation, nor is she pictured in the 1918 CU yearbook). In Remembering Lucile, author Polly McLean depicts the rise of the African American middle class through the historical journey of Lucile and her family from slavery in northern Virginia to life in the American West, using their personal story as a lens through which to examine the greater experience of middle-class Blacks in the early twentieth century.
 
The first-born daughter of emancipated slaves, Lucile refused to be defined by the racist and sexist climate of her times, settling on a career path in teaching that required great courage in the face of pernicious Jim Crow laws. Embracing her sister’s dream for higher education and W. E. B. Du Bois’s ideology, she placed education and intelligence at the forefront of her life, teaching in places where she could most benefit African American students. Over her 105 years she was an eyewitness to spectacular, inspiring, and tragic moments in American history, including horrific lynchings and systemic racism in housing and business opportunities, as well as the success of women's suffrage and Black-owned businesses and educational institutions.
 
Remembering Lucile employs a unique blend of Black feminist historiography and wider discussions of race, gender, class, religion, politics, and education to illuminate major events in African American history and culture, as well as the history of the University of Colorado and its relationship to Black students and alumni, as it has evolved from institutional racism to welcoming acceptance. This extensive biography paints a vivid picture of a strong, extraordinary Black woman who witnessed an extraordinary time in America and rectifies her omission from CU’s institutional history. The book fills an important gap in the literature of the history of Blacks in the Rocky Mountain region and will be of significance to anyone interested in American history.

Media:
Denver Post
Daily Camera
Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Prologue: Her Voice Can Be Heard
  2. pp. xiii-xxv
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  1. Chapter 1: Inquiry and Epiphany
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. Chapter 2: Born in Slavery: The Master, the Mistress, and Their Chattel
  2. pp. 18-37
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  1. Chapter 3: The Berkeleys, a Slave Named Harriet Bishop, and Her Daughter, Sarah
  2. pp. 38-52
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  1. Chapter 4: Slavery’s Chain Done Broke at Last
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. Chapter 5: Colorado and the Promise of Freedom
  2. pp. 66-81
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  1. Chapter 6: From Denver’s Bottoms to P. T. Barnum’s Town
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. Chapter 7: Education, Politics, and Leisure
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. Chapter 8: The Frontier in Our Souls
  2. pp. 120-149
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  1. Chapter 9: School, Community, and Love Lost
  2. pp. 150-166
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  1. Chapter 10: A Fly in the Buttermilk: Colorado and the World of Higher Education
  2. pp. 167-189
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  1. Chapter 11: “Goin’ to Kansas City”: Education and Baseball
  2. pp. 190-199
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  1. Chapter 12: It’s Mister Jones, If You Please
  2. pp. 200-213
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  1. Chapter 13: Chicago, Take Two
  2. pp. 214-226
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  1. Chapter 14: “Lincoln Was a Republican, That’s All I Need to Know”
  2. pp. 227-233
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  1. Chapter 15: Coming Home and Going Home
  2. pp. 234-254
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  1. Epilogue: The End of the Living Line
  2. pp. 255-266
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607328254
Related ISBN
9781607328247
MARC Record
OCLC
1080647269
Pages
286
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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