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ISBN: 0525068066
Author: Martin Duberman
Language: English
Publisher: Anchor Press/Doubleday; 1st edition (1973)
Pages: 578
Category: Schools & Teaching
Subcategory: Formation
Rating: 4.6
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Martin Duberman is distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. I read Black Mountain as a case study in a field I personally am exploring, as a social entrepreneur: radical education.

Martin Duberman is distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author of some twenty books, including Charles Francis Adams (winner of the Bancroft Prize); James Russell Lowell (finalist for the National Book Award); Paul Robeson (winner of the George Freedley Memorial Award); Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion, Essays 1964-2002; The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein (finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Biography); and Cures: A Gay Man’s.

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- 2. Martin Duberman: Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community. New York: E. P. Dutton & C. 1972.

Bancroft Prize winner in 1961), Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community .

Bancroft Prize winner in 1961), Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community, Paul Robeson, the Stonewall riots, Howard Zinn, and the Haymarket affair, The Martin Duberman Reader-2013 and the memoir Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey,1991, 2002.

Story of North Carolina's Black Mountain experimental community, tracking its existence from 1933-1956. Includes many black and white period photos.

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Kefym
great examination of this important college.
Fordg
perfect
elektron
a great review of the most influential artists and teachers of the 20th century
showtime
Duberman's classic "Black Mountain" is the definitive work of scholarship on the school that gave America its most pivotal and influential artists of the 20th century.

A sheer joy to read, this account of the rise and fall of Black Mountain engages the reader into a world of ideas, community and art that is all too rare in today's considerations.
Teachers can learn how to Teach and Do at the same time. Students can learn the meaning of involvement, responsibility and creativity. Parents might learn a thing or two about choices. And administrators will see where they've gone wrong.
Something for nearly everyone in this erudite, and poignant dissertation.

If there was one idea that pervades the book, and, indeed, pervaded the college it was that "living" and "learning" should be intertwined, and a favorite slogan at Black Mountain was that "as much real education took place over the coffee cups as in the classrooms."

There is much that we all can learn from this account. But read it for the adventure! Think of it as a sort of Intellectual Indiana Jones where the treasure is that harmonious mix of education, art, community and life -- in other words, the very gem that these brave and gifted women and men of eminence sought at Black Mountain.

We owe these pioneers a great deal.

Honor them with your mind, and read this wondrous account by one of Black Mountain's own.

Dave Beckwith

Founder/President

Charlotte Internet Society
Jothris
Most of this history of Black Mountain College is devoted to institutional history (governance, finances, who sided with who in this or that petty dispute, etc.). Some attention is given to community aspects. We learn next to nothing about the academic side of things. The one exception is art, which is given some attention and only here are there some accounts of what actually went on in the classrooms. Art was central from the start and Black Mountain College became artier with the years and is perhaps best remembered as an art school today, but I still think there is good reason to be dissatisfied with this one-sided perspective, especially considering the founder Rice's very explicit rejection of the idea of the college as an art school: "'God, no!' he'd thunder, 'that's the last thing I want. They're the most awful places in the world!'" (p. 55).

The following brief summary is essentially all we learn about how the college functioned academically: "Classes varied considerably in format, since each teacher was left to his own devices. Some would lecture or direct discussions more than others; some would settle for words, others would show pictures and play music; and occasional seminar would be taught by three or four instructors, and many classes had staff members or their wives sitting in as students. Most instructors privately jotted down grades, but only---so went the rationale, anyway---in case a student later needed a 'record' for transfer or for graduate school. The grades were never passed on to the students themselves, and never, therefore, became the focus of energy or the standards for evaluating self-worth ... The only exams given at Black Mountain were those to pass from junior to senior (specialized) division, and those set by outside examiners when a student felt ready to graduate. For the division exam, students were given all day, free use of the library and wide choice among many questions (which often included conundrums like 'How do you know the Philippine Islands exist?', or 'How do you know the sky is blue?'). ... Black Mountain never managed to get accreditation." (p. 108).

Other interesting topics on which we would have liked to learn more include things like John Dewey's relation to the college. Dewey visited several times and became a member of the college's advisory board, but for some reason Duberman thinks that this should earn him no more that two short paragraphs (p. 102).

The general conclusion from the entire experiment is fairly predictable: the college attracted interesting students (when fired from Rollins College, Rice "had few doubts about the students interested in starting a new school; 'top flight,' according to Rice, 'not a second-rater in the lot'---and indeed they included the president of the student body and the editor of the undergraduate paper." (p. 28)), and dedicated faculty (In 1942 "the community tried various expediencies in order to cut costs. Having already contributed its labor in putting up the new plant, the faculty now decided to contribute its pathetic salaries as well; it agreed not to draw any money, beyond $10 a month per person, until it looked resonable clear that the college would be able to survive (and in some cases faculty members turned down offers to teach elsewhere, including one that carried a $10,000 salary)" (p. 165)), although "at its worst, the community consisted of little more than a group of squabbling prima donnas---many professional, others in training" (p. 12).
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With exceptional research, interviews and anecdotes, Duberman details the brief, lively history of Black Mountain College in western North Carolina. The influence of this experimental community continues to the present (the faculty and alumni included Anna and Josef Albers, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Jonathan Williams, among many others). The struggle to keep the College fiscally solvent from year-to-year, as often happens at any instution, becomes paramount to the story, but doesn't detract from the intellectual achievement of Black Mountain -- or diminish the artistic clashes of its participants. In the 1970s, the founding of the Naropa Institute, the Jack Kerouac School of Disemobodied Poetics, and other experiments in community would find echoes in the history of Black Mountain College. This is an entertaining and informative history, and essential reading for anyone interested in mid-20th century literature and art.

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