In the fall of 2007, before Dr. Thomas created the JEH Creative Inquiry Project, she assigned A Nickel and a Prayer as a required reading in one of the African American literature courses she teaches at Clemson University. Her students undertook a group assignment called the Pendleton Project, in which they read and discussed Hunter's autobiography, completed background research on its social and historical context, and wrote papers on their findings.
The following is a list of students whose individual research topics contributed significantly to Dr. Thomas's preliminary research for the JEH Project.
ENGL 482/682, African American Fiction and Non-Fiction, fall 2007
"Influential Citizens in Pendleton, SC, 1880-1900"
"Historical Buildings in Pendleton, South Carolina"
"The History of Hunter's Store"
"Jane Edna Hunter and the Fall of Pendleton"
"Keese Barn: Social Center for the African American Community in Pendleton"
"Public Education in South Carolina during Jane Edna Hunter's Era"
"Race Relations and Advancements in 19th-Century Pendleton, SC"
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