Jefferson Negro School in The Mansion (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Negro School
Type: 
Public building
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Context (text, as interpreted)
X: 
1196
Y: 
755
Description: 

Education, like most aspects of social life in Yoknapatawpha, was rigidly segregated. When Linda Snopes Kohl returns from Spain, she challenges this system by going "without invitation or warning, into the Negro grammar and high school" to talk to the students (246). Everyone else's unhappiness with her actions, including the Negro principal's, is described, but not the schools themselves. When the novel reaches the mid-1940s, the narrator states that "the Negroes now had a newer and better high school building in Jefferson than the white folks had" (385), one reason why the quixotic Linda has "nothing to tilt against now in Jefferson" (385) - this again according to the narrator, although it is a fairly amazing assertion to make in a novel published in 1959, as the Jim Crow system throughout the South was under attack from the Civil Rights Movement.

Role: 
Only Mentioned in Text
Status: 
Continuous

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