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        Creation of the "Proper Negro"

        For a seventy-year period, when America cared little about the education of African Americans and discrimination was law and custom, the Bordentown School was an educational utopia. An incubator for black pride and intellect, it taught values, discipline,and life skills to generations of Black children. In this resource group, students will investigate the manner in which education at Bordentown focused on the development of both the mind and character of students within the norms of the late 19th and early 20th century views of the "proper place" of education for African Americans.

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        Creation of the "Proper Negro": Video Clip 1

        This video clip from "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School" provides information on the development of education for the "proper negro," and the tension that existed in the white mind between vocationally and classically educating African-Americans. See support materials for a lesson plan.

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        Creation of the "Proper Negro": Video Clip 2

        This video clip from "A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School" shows William Valentine's influence and presence at Bordentown's annual "Decoration Day," a display of "what had become of the "proper negro." See support materials for a lesson plan.

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