LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH ON AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATION IN
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA : AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY ROEDER
Larry Roeder, M.S. and Lucy Townsend, Ph.D., 1-6
- “Paper gathering” is a term many researchers use to communicate the processes they use in small and larger research projects. Two kinds of narrative construction are useful in paper gathering: historiography and library science methodologies. Both forms of knowledge are useful to those participating in the Edwin Washington Project— collecting, organizing, editing, and analyzing the objects they find in an exhaustive search for truth. The narratives they tell are stories surrounding the sources they uncover. The following interview explains how Larry Roeder, principal investigator of the Edwin Washington Project, and a group of volunteers are using the lessons of paper gathering to assist them in laying a foundation for research on African American education in Loudoun County, Virginia.
- Key words: accredited secondary education, NAACP, racism, higher branch offerings, freedman, Quaker files, training center, inequality, school superintendent, all-white school board, integration, transportation, Loudoun County Public Schools, petitions