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Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom

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In this previously untold story of African American self-education, Heather Andrea Williams moves across time to examine African Americans' relationship to literacy during slavery, during the Civil War, and in the first decades of freedom. Self-Taught traces the historical antecedents to freedpeople's intense desire to become literate and demonstrates how the visions of en ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by University of North Carolina Press (first published March 7th 2005)
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Ioana
This research is a much needed contemporary history of the education of African Americans in the South from slavery through reconstruction and the beginnings of the common (public) school. It addresses the question from the local, 'grassroots' perspective--Williams explores how blacks sacrificed to build schools, pay for teachers, advocate for their own education, and how these individuals striving for freedom inspired a movement for education across the South. Poor whites, seeing blacks enterin ...more
Valerie Jackson
Jul 28, 2016 Valerie Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
When I first started this book I was having trouble getting into it.
I was thinking it wasn't as good as her other book. But once I got into
the third chapter or so it was very interesting and I wound up reading
the whole book in about 24 hours.

I was interested in the book because there is educational background in my family
in terms of establishing schools for the community children.
As usual, Heather Williams brings to light a lot of African-American history
that you never hear about anywhere else.
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Daniel
Feb 26, 2008 Daniel rated it liked it
Very interesting book. Williams does a good job researching and writing about the challenges faced by slaves and freedpeople to learn to read and write. The book is somewhat repetitive in recounting the challenges, but an important read nonetheless and sheds light on the difficulties the African American community has faced in clawing its way out of an oppressed and disadvantaged position in American society.
Joe
Mar 11, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it
Eye-opening story of education in the pre-war, wartime, and antebellum South among African Americans. Themes in it echo my research project right now.
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