Conventional wisdom holds that freedmen's education was largely the work of privileged, single white northern women motivated by evangelical beliefs and abolitionism. Schooling the Freed People shatters this notion entirely. For the most comprehensive quantitative study of the origins of black education in freedom ever undertaken, Ronald E. Butchart combed the archives of all of the freedmen's aid organizations as well as the archives of every southern state to compile a vast database of over 11,600 individuals who taught in southern black schools between 1861 and 1876. Based on
Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. At the Dawn of Freedom; 2. To Serve My Own People: Black Teachers in the Southern Black Schools; 3. It Will Result in a Better Understanding of Their Duties: Southern White Teachers and the Limits of Emancipation; 4. A Desire to Labor in the Missionary Cause: Northern White Teachers and the Ambiguities of Emancipation; 5. You Will, of Course, Wish to Know All about Our School: Learning and Teaching in the Freed People's Schools; 6. Race, Reconstruction, and Redemption: The Fate of Emancipation and Education, 1861-1876
Appendix A: Teachers in the Freed People's Schools, 1861-1876Appendix B: Estimating the Number of Black and Southern White Teachers, 1869-1876; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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