ERIC Number: ED107557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Manumission Societies and African Free Schools.
Foster, Claudia C.
Abolitionists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries contended that even though blacks had been debased under American slavery, they could and must be prepared through education programs to function as Christians and American Citizens. As a result of this education, the new Afro-American would merit and gain white America's respect and acceptance by proving his moral worth. However, the abolitionists' notion of education for acculturation was restricted from the beginning of their crusade. Through their moral reform efforts, abolitionists aimed to educate former slaves to dominant, white, Protestant values and patterns of behavior. Their understanding of acculturation did not include fundamentally changing the social structural participation of free blacks within the dominant American institutions. In addition, acculturation through educational programs meant the development of attitudes and values consistent with lower class working and living patterns. Little was done by the abolitionists to educate whites concerning the equal capacity of blacks and the moral wrongness of slavery through home visitations or campaigns to educate teachers. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 1975)