Closing Doors, Opening Anew: The Workshop for Cultural Democracy, the Parranda, and Facing Joseph McCarthy (1941–1953)
The chapter describes the work of the Workshop for Cultural Democracy that Rachel formed when she returned from the Heard workshop. Looking like the Service Bureau for Intercultural Education, the Workshop was actually different because it held a view of intercultural education as a grassroots movement in education and culture. The Workshop worked with one school in particular to create a program of visiting the homes of tradition bearers to learn more about their cultures, and this one program required the engagement of the teachers, students, and community members to coordinate excursions that became a part of the school day. It was at this time when Rachel was called to testify before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s committee on un-American activities.
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