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Can Anything Beat White?A Black Family's Letters$
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Elisabeth Petry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033209

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033209.001.0001

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A Lark a Flyin’

A Lark a Flyin’

(p.165) Chapter 9 A Lark a Flyin’
Can Anything Beat White?

Elisabeth Petry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Helen James’s activities and correspondence between 1906 and 1907. Helen arrived in South Carolina in Fall 1906 to teach at Penn School. She soon discovered that island life in South Carolina was more primitive and more dangerous to health than island life in Hawaii. Yellow fever raged, and the Penn School’s board of trustees delayed opening the school for a week to quell the epidemic. In 1907, Helen spent most of the summer at Yale University, where she studied theme writing with “special instruction in writing the short story.”

Keywords:   Helen James, South Carolina, teachers, teaching, correspondence, letters, Yale University

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