Blake Scholarships

Confederate Schoolbooks as Rhetorical and Analytical Study

Primary Texts and Teaching Materials

This project brings literature from our nation and region’s history into the classroom in order to have a conversation about various cultures, politics, and beliefs that continue to influence our contemporary moment. Surely, much of the Confederate literature found in this collection is tough to read. The selection of texts presented here, along with the accompanying teaching materials, are meant to elicit critical thinking about the literary and rhetorical strategies used by these writers to maintain and uphold the beliefs, culture, and politics which founded and sustained the operation of a white supremacist and slavery-dependent Confederate nation-state.



This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.