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

Hilary J. Moss


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. This book argues that such discrepancies suggest that white opposition to black education was not a foregone conclusion. Through the comparative lenses of these three cities, the book 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 ... More

Keywords: African Americans, public education, United States, whiteness, citizenship, educational inequality, identity, Boston, New Haven, Baltimore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226542492
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226542515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilary J. Moss, author