African Americans have faced considerable obstacles in pursuing careers in engineering in the U.S. Wharton provides the first history of black efforts to advance in this field from Emancipation to the present.
Not surprisingly, African Americans have faced considerable obstacles in pursuing careers in engineering in the United States. Wharton has constructed the first history of black efforts to advance in this field from Emancipation to the present. Utilizing contemporary correspondence and documents, Wharton shows the range of responses from educators and politicians on both sides of the controversy and examines in detail institutions and individuals responsible for the racial and educational climate surrounding this issue.
The struggle for the opportunity and acceptance of African-American participants in the technological arena is a struggle worthy of note. The struggle and the examination of this topic is important because, despite the significance of the topic, it has been minimally explored. A pioneering effort, the book will be of concern to all students of American race relations, higher education, and the history of engineering education.
Introduction Preface Inventors and Tinkers The Washington/Du Bois Debate Educational Opportunity and the Development of Black Institutions Three Black Engineers The Era of the Brown Decision and Sputnik The Sixties The Seventies The Eighties Conclusions and Implications Appendixes Bibliography Index
Reviews Wharton's short but excellent eye-opener fills a void in the documentation of the struggle waged by African Americans to obtain an equal education in a predominantly white American society.—Choice