What made the Rosenwald Fund’s efforts so effective was that it tapped into what historian James D. Anderson calls the strong “self-help tradition” in black southern communities and the high value that black southerners placed on education.
Emily Masghati is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago. Her research specializes in the history of foundation philanthropy as it intersects with African American history and American intellectual history. Her fieldwork has been funded by Duke University, Emory University, the University of Chicago, and the New York Public Library. Emily has also researched special projects for several nonprofits, including the Illinois Humanities Council and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.