The Empty Schoolhouse

The Empty Schoolhouse

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Annotation One- and two-room schools represent a paradoxical time in Texas history when school played second fiddle to family duties but still served as the focus of community life. Luther Bryan Clegg's The Empty Schoolhouse provides a direct link to the past through interviews with students who attended these schools and teachers who taught in this area between Fort Worth and Odessa and the Hill Country and Amarillo. Former students share stories describing Friday afternoon qliterary societies, q dead snakes in desk drawers, pranks, fires, travel to and from school, and discipline. Drawing on historical and sociological data as well as interviews, Clegg presents intriguing accounts of rural life, preserving the uniqueness of the qolden days.qThe whole poem is about trying to get that white rose and never quite realizing that dream. Things we ... us in that grade. We had to stand up every day and recite poems in front of the class. ... There was one little boy with me in the first grade.

Title:The Empty Schoolhouse
Author:Luther Bryan Clegg
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2002-10-03


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