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Self-taught : African American education in slavery and freedom

Author: Heather Andrea Williams
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, 2007, [2005] 2007, ©2005
Series: John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 enslaved African Americans emerged into plans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Andrea Williams
ISBN: 9780807829202 080782920X 9780807858219 0807858218
OCLC Number: 56794658
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (Yale University).
Awards: Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award, 2006
Lillian Smith Book Award, 2006
Description: xiii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: In secret places : acquiring literacy in slave communities --
A coveted possession : literacy in the first days of freedom --
The men are actually clamoring for books : African American soldiers and the educational mission --
We must get education for ourselves and our children : advocacy for education --
We are striving to do business on our own hook : organizing schools on the ground --
We are laboring under many difficulties : African American teachers in freedpeople's schools --
A long and tedious road to travel for knowledge : textbooks and freedpeople's schools --
If anybody wants an education, it is me : students in freedpeople's schools --
First movings of the waters : the creation of common school systems for Black and White students --
Epilogue --
Appendix : African Americans, literacy, and the law in the antebellum South.
Series Title: John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Responsibility: Heather Andrea Williams.
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