Heather Andrea Williams Self-Taught: African American Education In Slavery

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In February of 2007 Heather Andrea Williams published a novel titled Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom. In chapter six, Williams specifically focuses on African-American’s teaching in freed people’s schools. Williams makes the claim that African-American’s entered the classroom as teachers, but not without some battles to overcome. I had always been taught that in some (most?) places it was illegal to teach African-Americans, more specifically slaves, to read. This chapter discusses the beginnings of African-American children gaining an education and I found the table on page 99 to be interesting in comparing the number of black and white teachers, my initial assumption would be that white teachers vastly outnumbered

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