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Plantation Pedagogy: The Violence of School across Black and Indigenous Space

Title cover of book Plantation Pedagogy. Image contains the title and author names across a green field of crops.

Bayley J. Marquez investigates the historical industrial education systems that attempted to transform Black and Indigenous peoples and land and how US domestic proponents spread the model abroad as part of US imperialism.

This book explores the US industrial education systems and the associated impacts on Black and Indigenous peoples. Marquez delves into the history of slavery and settlement teaching in the US, the development of what he deems ‘Plantation Pedagogy’ and the critical role it played in US imperial expansion, and he explores the conversational currents within, between and across black studies and native studies.

Publisher’s Summary
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, teachers, administrators, and policymakers fashioned a system of industrial education that attempted to transform Black and Indigenous peoples and land. This form of teaching—what Bayley J. Marquez names plantation pedagogy—was built on the claim that slavery and land dispossession are fundamentally educational. Plantation pedagogy and the formal institutions that encompassed it were thus integrally tied to enslavement, settlement, and their inherent violence toward land and people. Marquez investigates how proponents developed industrial education domestically and then spread the model abroad as part of US imperialism. A deeply thoughtful and arresting work, Plantation Pedagogy sits where Black and Native studies meet in order to understand our interconnected histories and theorize our collective futures.

Marquez, B.J., 2024. Plantation Pedagogy: The Violence of Schooling across Black and Indigenous Space. University of California Press.

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