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Author Williams, Heather Andrea, author

Title Self-taught : African American education in slavery and freedom / Heather Andrea Williams
Published Chapel Hill ; London : The University of North Carolina Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 304 pages) : illustrations
Series The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
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
Summary "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 and action once slavery ended."--Jacket
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Yale University)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-285) and index
Notes Lillian Smith Book Award, 2006
Online resource (HeinOnline, viewed September 13, 2016)
Subject African Americans -- Education -- Southern States -- History.
Education -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History.
Freedmen -- Education -- Southern States -- History.
Literacy -- Southern States -- History.
Self-culture -- Southern States -- History.
Slavery -- Southern States -- History.
Slaves -- Education -- Southern States -- History.
Southern States -- Race relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004022755
ISBN 0807888974 (electronic bk.)
1469604841 (electronic bk.)
9780807888971 (electronic bk.)
9781469604848 (electronic bk.)