Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bill Green studied how to operate an all-black school economically. First, you pay the teacher $35 a month. For white students, he studied how to build an 18-room schoolhouse serving 2,111 (class size 117) for $16,969.65. At least that’s what happened in St. Paul in the mid-1860s.
Dr. Green’s stories of race in early Minnesota still resonate in the 21st century.
Green will read from and discuss his book, A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society, 2006) on Thursday, September 27, 6:15-7:30 p.m. at 250 Wulling Hall, University of Minnesota
Dr. Green’s book and the conversations on September 27 include stories of:
. discrimination against Blacks, Indians and non-English speakers
. class conflict and fear of immigrant labor
. fear of religious differences (Catholic v. Protestant)
. segregated schools
. ill-mannered students
. craven politicians
. one party’s seeming lock on minority voters
. acts of decency and heroism.