Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom, 1861-1876by Ronald E. Butchart
The crowning achievement of a veteran scholar, this is the definitive book on freedmen's teachers in the South as well as an outstanding contribution to social history and our understanding of African American education. Conventional wisdom holds that freedmen's education was largely the work of privileged, single white northern women motivated by evangelical… See more details below
The crowning achievement of a veteran scholar, this is the definitive book on freedmen's teachers in the South as well as an outstanding contribution to social history and our understanding of African American education. Conventional wisdom holds that freedmen's education was largely the work of privileged, single white northern women motivated by evangelical beliefs and abolitionism. Schooling the Freed People shatters this notion entirely.
For the most comprehensive quantitative study of the origins of black education in freedom ever undertaken, Ronald E. Butchart combed the archives of all of the freedmen's aid organizations as well as the archives of every southern state to compile a vast database of over 11,600 individuals who taught in southern black schools between 1861 and 1876. Based on this path-breaking research, he reaches some surprising conclusions: one-third of the teachers were African Americans; black teachers taught longer than white teachers; half of the teachers were southerners; and even the northern teachers were more diverse than previously imagined. His evidence demonstrates that evangelicalism contributed much less than previously believed to white teachers' commitment to black students, that abolitionism was a relatively small factor in motivating the teachers, and that, on the whole, the teachers' ideas and aspirations about their work often ran counter to the aspirations of the freed people for schooling.
An invaluable addition to the historiography of African American education during and after the Civil War. To date, this text offers the most in-depth analysis of the teachers of freed people.American Historical Review
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While historians' understanding of the period following the Civil War and of the plight of former slaves has undergone remarkable revisions in the past generation, our understanding of the education of freed children has remained in many ways unchanged, at least until this remarkable and groundbreaking study by Ronald Butchart. It would not be going too far to call this a masterpiece, bringing an entirely new perspective to the subject and culminating decades of research and writing.Loren Schweninger, Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Meet the Author
Ronald E. Butchart is professor of history and education and affiliate faculty in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia. He is a leading authority on the history of African American education.
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