Ghost Schools of the Big Bend

by Tucker, Albert Briggs

$18.95

Albert Tucker's detailed study of education on the West Texas frontier covers a 60-year period of history from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. His subject is the schools in particular?schools founded in pioneer country and long ago abandoned or displaced. These "ghost schools"?a coinage of the author that builds on the notion of "ghost towns"?are little more than bare ruins today. Professor Tucker brings them back to life and invites us to get to know the founders, the teachers, the principals, the students, the parents, and the critical role they played in social formation. The reader gains an unforgettable picture of this region and time, and likely be forever marked by the romance attached to it. The book is a result of a lifetime study. It contains maps, dozens of rare and original images, complete tables, and a thorough index.

2008
Howard Payne University Press, 165 pages
Available in softcover



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