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Yamacraw island. After a failed attempt at applying to the Peace Corps following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Conroy asks the superintendent of the schools in his hometown, Beufort, for a teaching assignment on Yamacraw island. Unlike the other teachers at the school who use physical force and verbal abuse to control the students, Conroy adopts a hands on approach to teaching. He played the students classical music and invited people from the mainland to visit his classroom so his students could show off what they had learned.
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