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Author Schneider, Stephen A., 1979- author.

Title You can't padlock an idea : rhetorical education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 / Stephen A. Schneider
Published Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in Rhetoric/Communication
Studies in rhetoric/communication.
Contents Cover -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- SERIES EDITOR'S PREFACE -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- Introduction: The Highlander Folk School, Movement Halfway Houses, and Rhetorical Education -- CHAPTER 1: The Kairos of Educational Opportunity: The Development of the Highlander Idea -- CHAPTER 2: Labor Drama: From Collective Action to Collective-Action Frames -- CHAPTER 3: Labor Journalism: Shop Papers, Yearbooks, and Collective Identity -- CHAPTER 4: Literacy Education: Citizenship Schools and Community Organization -- CHAPTER 5: Music Education: Framing Processes as Direct Action -- Conclusion: Rhetorical Education as an Agency for Social Change -- WORKS CITED -- INDEX -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Summary "You Can't Padlock an Idea examines the educational programs undertaken at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee and looks specifically at how these programs functioned rhetorically to promote democratic social change. Founded in 1932 by educator Myles Horton, the Highlander Folk School sought to address the economic and political problems facing communities in Appalachian Tennessee and other southern states. To this end Horton and the school's staff involved themselves in the labor and civil rights disputes that emerged across the south over the next three decades. Drawing on the Highlander archives housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Avery Research Center in South Carolina, and the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, Stephen A. Schneider reconstructs the pedagogical theories and rhetorical practices developed and employed at Highlander. He shows how the school focused on developing forms of collective rhetorical action, helped students frame social problems as spurs to direct action, and situated education as an agency for organizing and mobilizing communities. Schneider studies how Highlander's educational programs contributed to this broader goal of encouraging social action. Specifically he focuses on four of the school's more established programs: labor drama, labor journalism, citizenship education, and music. These programs not only taught social movement participants how to create plays, newspapers, citizenship schools, and songs, they also helped the participants frame the problems they faced as having solutions based in collective democratic action. Highlander's programs thereby functioned rhetorically, insofar as they provided students with the means to define and transform oppressive social and economic conditions. By providing students with the means to comprehend social problems and with the cultural agencies (theater, journalism, literacy, and music) to address these problems directly, Highlander provided an important model for understanding the relationships connecting education, rhetoric, and social change."-- Provided by publisher
Language arts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) -- History
SUBJECT Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) fast
Subject Social change -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
Rhetoric -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
Adult education -- Tennessee -- History -- 20th century
Working class -- Education -- Tennessee -- History -- 20th century
FICTION -- Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology.
FICTION -- Fantasy -- Short Stories.
EDUCATION -- Essays.
EDUCATION -- Organizations & Institutions.
EDUCATION -- Reference.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Communication Studies.
Adult education
Rhetoric -- Social aspects
Social change
Working class -- Education
Southern States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781611173826