Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America

Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America

by Hilary J. Moss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226542491

ISBN-13: 9780226542492

Pub. Date: 11/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

While white residents of antebellum Boston and New Haven forcefully opposed the education of black residents, their counterparts in slaveholding Baltimore did little to resist the establishment of African American schools. Such discrepancies, Hilary Moss argues, suggest that white opposition to black education was not a foregone conclusion. Through the comparative

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While white residents of antebellum Boston and New Haven forcefully opposed the education of black residents, their counterparts in slaveholding Baltimore did little to resist the establishment of African American schools. Such discrepancies, Hilary Moss argues, suggest that white opposition to black education was not a foregone conclusion. Through the comparative lenses of these three cities, she shows why opposition erupted where it did across the United States during the same period that gave rise to public education.

As common schooling emerged in the 1830s, providing white children of all classes and ethnicities with the opportunity to become full-fledged citizens, it redefined citizenship as synonymous with whiteness. This link between school and American identity, Moss argues, increased white hostility to black education at the same time that it spurred African Americans to demand public schooling as a means of securing status as full and equal members of society. Shedding new light on the efforts of black Americans to learn independently in the face of white attempts to withhold opportunity, Schooling Citizens narrates a previously untold chapter in the thorny history of America’s educational inequality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226542492
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgments Introduction

Part 1: Education’s Inequity: New Haven, Connecticut

Chapter 1: The Emergence of White Opposition to African American Education

Chapter 2: Interracial Activism and African American Higher Education

Part 2: Education’s Enclave: Baltimore, Maryland

Chapter 3: Race, Labor, and Literacy in a Slaveholding City

Chapter 4: African American Educational Activism under the Shadow of Slavery

Part 3: Education’s Divide: Boston, Massachusetts

Chapter 5: Race, Space, and Educational Opportunity

Chapter 6: Common Schools, Revolutionary Memory, and the Crisis of Black Citizenship in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Conclusion: The Great Equalizer?

Appendix 1: Index of Occupational Categories

Appendix 2: Name, Occupation, and Address of Identifiable Petitioners Opposing the Proposal to Build a School for Black Children on Southack Street
 
Notes

Index

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