U.S. School Clothes: Hancock School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


Figure 1.--This school portrait shows the graduating class at Hancock School in June 1932. The school was located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. We have no detailed information about the school, but it looks like an elementary (primary) school that had an 8-year program. The children look to be 12-13 years of age. Many American schools were strutured this way instead of having separate junior high schools. About half of the class is African Americans. This is the result of the great migration which began wih World War and rising violence against African Americans in the South. This was part of a major shift among African Americans from a rural southern population to an urban northrn population. The people involved were seeking security and job opportunity, but a major change was increased access to education. They came as family units and the breakdown in African American family units would come later after World War II. About half of the boys wear knickers and the other half long pants.

This school portrait shows the graduating class at Hancock School in June 1932. The school was located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. We have no detailed information about the school, but it looks like an elementary (primary) school that had an 8-year program. The children look to be 12-13 years of age. Many American schools were strutured this way instead of having separate junior high schools. About half of the class is African Americans. This is the result of the Great Migration which began wih World War and rising violence against African Americans in the South. This was part of a major shift among African Americans from a rural southern population to an urban northrn population. The people involved were seeking security and job opportunity, but a major change was increased access to education. They came as family units and the breakdown in African American family units would come later after World War II. About half of the boys wear knickers and the other half long pants.







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