In this Book

summary
This captivating and illuminating book is a memoir of a young black man moving from rural Georgia to life as a student and teacher in the Ivy League as well as a history of the changes in American education that developed in response to the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and affirmative action. Born in 1950, Horace Porter starts out in rural Georgia in a house that has neither electricity nor running water. In 1968, he leaves his home in Columbus, Georgia—thanks to an academic scholarship to Amherst College—and lands in an upper-class, mainly white world. Focusing on such experiences in his American education, Porter's story is both unique and representative of his time.

The Making of a Black Scholar is structured around schools. Porter attends Georgia's segregated black schools until he enters the privileged world of Amherst College. He graduates (spending one semester at Morehouse College) and moves on to graduate study at Yale. He starts his teaching career at Detroit's Wayne State University and spends the 1980s at Dartmouth College and the 1990s at Stanford University.


Porter writes about working to establish the first black studies program at Amherst, the challenges of graduate study at Yale, the infamous Dartmouth Review, and his meetings with such writers and scholars as Ralph Ellison, Tillie Olsen, James Baldwin, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He ends by reflecting on an unforeseen move to the University of Iowa, which he ties into a return to the values of his childhood on a Georgia farm. In his success and the fulfillment of his academic aspirations, Porter represents an era, a generation, of possibility and achievement.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Frontmatter
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. A Note to Readers
  2. p. viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Good-bye Columbus: Leaving Home in 1968
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 1: The Georgia Farm: 1950 –1959
  2. pp. 1-17
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 2: Three Georgia Schools: Claflin, Marshall, Spencer
  2. pp. 18-43
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 3: Scholarship Kid: My Freshman Year at Amherst
  2. pp. 44-63
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 4: Light Up the World: Amherst College and Morehouse College
  2. pp. 64-79
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 5: Black and Blue: Graduate School at Yale University
  2. pp. 80-97
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 6: Inner City Blues: Detroit’s Wayne State University
  2. pp. 98-116
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. 7: Paradise Lost: Dartmouth College, 1979–1990
  2. pp. 117-138
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Reflections on Stanford University: “The Farm”
  2. pp. 139-149
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 151
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Index
  2. pp. 153-157
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
    contents

Additional Information

ISBN
9781587294372
MARC Record
OCLC
56109459
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.