Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) was an influential African-American historian and writer. The son of slaves, Woodson was the second African-American to earn an Ph.D. from Harvard (the first being W.E.B. duBois). Woodson was among the first scholars to study African-American history, and has been called "the father of black history."
The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861by Carter G. Woodson
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In THE EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO PRIOR TO 1861, Woodson examines eduction (and lack thereof) for African-Americans prior to the Civil War. Woodson notes the systematic dismantling of educational opportunities for slaves in the South after the 1830s, offset somewhat with increasing opportunities in the Free States.
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