Spring/printemps 2005

Mabel Carney and the Hartford Theological Seminary: Rural Development, "Negro Education," and Missionary Training

Richard Glotzer
Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Akron
Published May 1, 2005
How to Cite
Glotzer, Richard. 2005. “ Development, "Negro Education," And Missionary Training”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 17 (1), 55-80. https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v17i1.416.


Mabel Carney (1886-1969), was a well-known innovator in Rural, African- American, and Colonial Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (1919-42). Little attention has been given to her work at the Kennedy School of Missions, Hartford Theological Seminary (1928-42). This paper details Carney’s interests and accomplishments in missionary training as well as the conceptual difficulties she experienced in integrating her professional ideas with her African-American and African experiences regarding race, culture, and discrimination. Her friendship with Charles T. Loram, Franz Boas, and W.E.B. Dubois, and with the Editorial Board of the Journal of Negro Education, broadened her exposure to racial and cultural issues. Her travels in Africa and Canada also exposed her to new ideas and modes of living. She steadily expanded and vitalized Missionary Education at Hartford while also secularizing the curriculum. The paper concludes by contextualizing her accomplishments in the religious and social conflicts of her active career and retirement.