Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky's Moonlight Schools: Fighting for Literacy in America

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University Press of Kentucky, 2006 M03 3 - 248 pages
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" Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 214 was hastily organized in the field during World War II to meet the urgent need for another combat squadron in the South Pacific. The squadron, self-named the "Black Sheep," went on under the leadership of the swashbuckling "Pappy" Boyington to become the most famous in Marine Corps history. Now comes the true story of the Black Sheep Squadron and the men who wrote its record in the Pacific skies. Once They Were Eagles tells how and why the squadron was formed, provides brief sketches of every member, and creates a vivid picture of the exciting but deadly aerial sorties over the South Pacific. Frank E. Walton located the thirty-four survivors of the fifty-one original Black Sheep. In a unique series of interviews, former "Eagles" share their recollections of those days of high adventure and their experiences in the years to follow.

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Contents

Creating Miss Cora
1
The Making of a Reformer
7
The Moonlight Campaign
37
Moonlight Schools and Progressivism
70
Nationalizing the Illiteracy Campaign
102
The National Crusade against Illiteracy
133
A New Vision
163
Conclusion
184
Notes
194
Bibliography
233
Index
245
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Yvonne Honeycutt Baldwin is chair of the Department of Geography, Government, and History at Morehead State University.

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