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Forgotten Places

Critical Studies in Rural Education

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Edited By William M. Reynolds

Forgotten Places: Critical Studies in Rural Education critically investigates and informs the construction of the rural, rural identity and the understanding of the rural internationally. This book promotes and expands the notion of critical understandings of rural education, particularly in the areas of race, class, gender, and LGBTQ, with conceptualizations of social justice. While there have been many volumes written on critical issues in urban education, only a small number have been produced on rural education, and the majority of those are not critical. By contrast, Forgotten Places not only discusses "schools in the country," but also expands conceptualizations of the rural beyond schools and place as well as beyond the borders of the United States. It also tackles the artificial duality between conceptualizations of urban and rural. Forgotten Places includes scholarly investigations into the connections among the symbolic order, various forms of cultural artifacts and multiple readings of these artifacts within the context of critical/transformational pedagogy. This book fills a significant gap in the scholarly work on the ramifications of the rural.

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Chapter Thirteen: Liberatory Consequences of Sharecropping and Rural Education in the South (Derrick M. Tennial)

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Liberatory Consequences OF Sharecropping AND Rural Education IN THE South

DERRICK M. TENNIAL



Over the past few years, I have become the “family historian” as I have been called upon numerous times to collect information to write the obituaries (funeral programs) of deceased loved ones. The obituary is very important in African American culture and serves a genealogical blueprint and final testament that reveals or conceals the intimate details of a person’s life. I learned the significance of the obituary from my maternal grandmother, McQuilla Cole, who kept a small green metal file box near her bed that contained important documents such as birth certificates, school report cards, insurance policies as well as the obituaries of loved ones—many of whom died before I was born. Growing up, I would periodically go through that box and read the obituaries; I was fascinated by the lived experiences of the deceased and would often go to my grandmother to fill in the details that I thought were missing. My mere curiositydeveloped into a love of family history, which coupled with my ability to write, all but cemented my position as the “obituary writer.”

As I age, the patriarchs and matriarchs of my family are dying giving way to a new generation. Unfortunately, in recent years, I have penned the obituaries of my paternal grandmother, my paternal great-uncle, my maternal great-grandmother, and my paternal great-aunt. Recently, while writing...

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