50th out of 61 books — 9 voters
Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom
Williams discusses how southern African Americans sought education during and after the Civil War, highlighting the efforts former slaves made on their own behalf by teaching, building schools, and attending school themselves.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published March 7th 2005)
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Feb 26, 2009 Ioana rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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
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.