Highlander Center has been indispensable to the struggle for social and economic justice in the US South. Founded in 1932 by Myles Horton and others as the Highlander Folk School, the center has transformed itself over the years to meet the challenges of the times. Initially, Highlander focused on the educational and organizational needs of working-class people in eastern Tennessee. In the late 1930s and 1940s it served primarily as a training center for CIO unions across the region. In the 1950s and 1960s, it redirected its efforts to support southern civil rights struggles. And during the last decades of the twentieth century, it was heavily involved in economic and environmental battles in Appalachia.

Stephen Preskill's Education in Black and White: Myles Horton and the Highlander Center's Vision for Social Justice is the most recent book about Horton and the institution he led. Most previous books have been written by...

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