ERIC Number: ED252622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Three Who Dared: Prudence Crandall, Margaret Douglass, Myrtilla Miner--Champions of Antebellum Black Education. Contributions in Women's Studies, Number 47.
Foner, Philip S.; Pacheco, Josephine F.
This book recounts the attempts of three women to educate blacks between the 1830's and the Civil War, a period during which, even in the North and the Middle West, there was little concern for the education of blacks because they did not belong to the body politic. All three women endured persecution and hardship, but they provided antislavery agitators with proof of the handicaps blacks suffered. Prudence Crandall, when the admission of a black girl to her boarding school was resisted, decided to open a school exclusively for black girls in Canterbury, Connecticut, in 1833. This led to her arrest (although she was ultimately acquitted) and violence against herself, the pupils and the school building. In 1852, Margaret Douglass opened a school in Norfolk, Virginia, for free black children. By so doing she broke the laws of the state. She was prosecuted and found guilty and so went to jail for teaching free black children to read. From 1851 onwards Myrtilla Miner struggled to ensure the education of free black girls in Washington D.C. and succeeded in establishing a school that eventually became a college for training black teachers. (RDN)
Descriptors: Biographies, Black Colleges, Black Education, Black History, Black Students, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Racial Discrimination, Racial Segregation, Slavery, United States History, Women Faculty
Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881 ($29.95).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Connecticut (Canterbury); District of Columbia; Virginia (Norfolk)