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Why do you think the children at Great Faith finish school sooner than those at Jefferson Davis?

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The Great Faith school is funded by support from the church the Logans attend, thus the ramshackle buildings, the damaged textbooks, and the shorter school year.  Additionally, many of the children who attend Great Faith come from families who are sharecroppers; they would be needed to help their families during the entire growing season.  The fact that the Great Faith school receives no money from the county while the Jefferson Davis school has immaculate facilities, textbooks, and a bus, is an indicator of how deeply entrenched institutional racism is in the Logans' community as it was throughout the South in the 1930's and beyond.

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