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African American Women's Education

My current book project, A Right To Learn: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America, tells the story of African American women writers, students, and teachers who sought to expand black educational opportunity in the Northeast between 1820 and 1860. It argues that women like Sarah Mapps Douglass, Maria W. Stewart, Susan Paul, Rosetta Morrison Wright, Serena deGrasse Downing, Mary Elizabeth Miles, and Charlotte L. Forten launched a series of local educational campaigns, which included establishing literary societies, desegregating female seminaries, building schools, and teaching children and youth. These local campaigns aimed to achieve a particular objective: to create a self-perpetuating system of black intellectual achievement to overthrow slavery and advance African American civil rights in the United States.

African American Women's Education
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