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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Education Association, 2008
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and audio cassette tapes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2008 project, "We Were Always Fighting for Something: A History of the Arkansas Education Association," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Arkansas Education Association (AEA) and interviews with AEA and Arkansas Teachers Association board members, community leaders, and teachers.
Project staff: Josh Hart, Laren Jarvis, Caroline Millar, Tony Rose, and Cris Slaymaker.
The Arkansas Education Association (AEA) was formed in 1869 by the state's first superintendent of public instruction Thomas Smith, also the organization's first president. The AEA's mission was to address the problems in the Arkansas school system, namely to improve the quality of education in Arkansas's classrooms, distribution of public schools funds, and teachers' training and salaries. Also problematic for education in Arkansas in the late 19th century was the separation of black and white school facilities.
The Arkansas Teachers Association (ATA), established in 1898, engaged in the same activities as the AEA but focused on black teachers and students. Both the AEA and the ATA addressed the state of Arkansas's school system in their publications, beginning in 1923 and 1928, respectively. Both organizations enjoyed a rise in membership and successive legislative gains in the 1940s and 1950s. By the 1960s, some progress had been made in the equalization of salaries between black and white teachers as well as advances in teachers' retirement benefits.
In 1969, the AEA and the ATA merged into a dual teaching association, the seventh of its kind in the nation. In the 1970s, the National Education Association had called for unification among the state and local associations' constitutions and by 1973 the AEA had unified according to the NEA's standards. The Arkansas Education Association continues to strive for better educational opportunities for Arkansas's students and better professional benefits for teachers.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through directed readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Arkansas Education Association.
Arkansas Teachers Association.
Segregation in education--Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Education Association, UALR.MS.0195. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Education Association, 2008, UALR.MS.0195.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012.