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MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Henry J. Antkiewicz, Elwood D. Watson
The thesis examines the relevance of the state-supported historically black universities of North Carolina and their impact on the growth of the African American community within the state. As plans were proposed to either consolidate or close the institutions over the decades, the governors of the state and presidents of the institutions compromised and found ways to provide funding to each of the respective universities. That funding, along with private and public contributions, and the restructuring of the institutions' curriculum, enabled these historically black universities to survive during the Great Depression and the current Great Recession. Overall, the thesis provides an understanding of the hardships and disparities these institutions saw in the past and continue to see today. But as they continue to serve the underrepresented populations in the United States, the relevance of these institutions will continue to come into question.
Thesis - Campus Only
Adkins, Maurice Lamont, "“Decades of Progress”: The Relevance of the State Supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities of North Carolina, 1865-2010" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1508. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1508
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