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Looking for a fourth panelist for AHA 2017

I am currently trying to put a panel on public education and citizenship from global perspectives for the American Historical Association annual conference in 2017 (Denver, CO) with my cohorts, Laura Brade and Brittany Lehman…and we are looking for another panelist to join us!

There are multiple individual studies on race, ethnicity, and citizenship in public education. We try to bring those studies together, exploring the global contest over civil inclusion and exclusion using the classroom as an example.

I will examine the racially mixed public school controversy in the post-Civil War United States. Laura will explore the exclusion of Jewish children in the Czech Republic under the Nazi government. Lastly, Brittany will discuss West German education policies on migrants in the late 20th century.

While the panel’s focus is currently Europe and North America from the 19th to 20th centuries, we would like to expand our scope to other geographical areas and chronological periods. If interested in being a panelist of our panel, please send a short bio and abstract to Mishio Yamanaka ( by February 5, 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.


Anyone knows former McDonogh No.16 students or teachers?

Dear readers,

It has been almost a year since I launched this online project. I have many things I want to add to this project, but time is always limited.

Nonetheless, little by little, I have kept studying more about the history of the Fillmore School. For the past few month, in particular, I have tried to do more research about Fillmore in the mid-twentieth century. One of the interesting things about this school is that it was operated as McDonogh No.16 in the twentieth century. Similar to Fillmore during Reconstruction, McDonogh No.16 accepted African American children for the first time in the 20th century in 1962 as part of the city’s gradual desegregation plan. Yet, the lack of sufficient records make further research difficult.

If at all possible, I would like to meet and interview former McDonogh No.16 students and teachers. I would like to learn their experience of McDonogh No.16. I believe their experiences are important in understanding the long influence of race over public school history in New Orleans. I appreciate any kinds of information about McDonogh No.16 and its students and teachers.