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May 23, 2023 | ISBN 9780807008249

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A Worthy Piece of Work eloquently centers women and recovers the crucial role Madeline Morgan played in writing and advancing Black history curriculum. This timely and critical study reminds us that progress and regress are unfortunately a common occurrence in the implementation of Black history curriculum.”
—Dionne Danns, author of Crossing Segregated Boundaries

A Worthy Piece of Work is a must-read and poignantly illustrates the transformative power of teaching. It is a remarkably compelling study that appropriately situates the struggles and contributions of African American educators within the broader movement to educate youth about African American life, culture, and history at the height of the Jim Crow era. Hines’s exploration and biography of the particular efforts of Madeline Morgan to advance African American history is poetically written, evidentiary rich, and timely. It is a book every educator and concerned citizen should read if they want to better understand the long struggle to teach and learn untold histories in America and how to speak truth to power despite the opposition.”
—Christopher M. Span, author of From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862–1875

“Every so often a book appears that speaks profoundly to the very moment within which we live. Historian Michael Hines’s A Worthy Piece of Work is such a book. In the midst of the current culture wars in education, Hines illuminates the fascinating and unknown story of Madeline Morgan’s quest to bring Black history into Chicago schools. Beautifully written and masterfully researched, A Worthy Piece of Work is a must-read for educators, activists, scholars, and individuals committed to understanding the importance of Black history for all children. This book is destined to be a classic.”
—Derrick P. Alridge, author of The Educational Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History

“During the era of World War II, schoolteacher and public intellectual Madeline Morgan was unquestionably a pivotal figure in Chicago’s expansive Black history movement. In A Worthy Piece of Work, a creatively written and accessible intellectual and educational biography, Michael Hines reveals this by detailing Morgan’s multifaceted life and work, pedagogical innovations, and social activism. This engaging book enhances our understanding of the early Black history movement launched by Carter G. Woodson, ‘The Father of Black History.’”
—Pero G. Dagbovie, author of Reclaiming the Black Past: The Use and Misuse of African American History in the 21st Century

Table Of Contents


“Knowledge Is Power Only If It Is Put into Action”: The Making of Madeline Morgan

“Self-Preservation Exacts a Oneness in Motive and in Deed”: Wartime Interculturalism and the Supplementary Units

“A Worthy Piece of Work”: The Supplementary Units as Alternative Black Curriculum

“And Quite the Pride of the Middle West”: The Supplementary Units, Influence, and Impact, 1942–1944

“Erase the Color Line from the Blackboards of America”: The Supplementary Units in the Classroom

“This Crucial War for Democracy”: Madeline Morgan and Intercultural Education in the Postwar World, 1945–1950


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