Pedagogy of oppression: Reconstruction narratives in Mississippi history textbooks 1887-1976

Kenneth V Anthony


The goal of this study was to identify and analyze Reconstruction narratives in Mississippi History textbooks from 1887-1981 and identify themes that helped maintain the existing social structure/ hierarchy. The Reconstruction narratives in these texts created a myth of corrupt Reconstruction that was run by others who were characterized as evil, dishonest, ignorant, outsiders, and greedy.  This narrative helped to support the maintenance of the existing social order from post Reconstruction through the 1960s and 1970s. It also provided, or reinforced, intellectual arguments used to resist desegregation during the Civil Rights Era.


history textbooks; history education; Reconstruction narratives; Mississippi

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