Literatures and Literacies of the African Diaspora for Children and Young Adults. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas Doctoral Candidate Joint Program in English and Education University of Michigan 20 October 2009. Overview.
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Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Joint Program in English and Education
University of Michigan
20 October 2009
“The former slaves and freeborn Blacks who taught freedmen’s schools were buoyed by idealism, ambition, religious zeal, and the enthusiasm of a people who hungered and thirsted for literacy. As Union armies occupied rebel territory… Black southerners clamored for education. In the words of Booker T. Washington, “it was a whole race going to school.” --Adam Fairclough, A Class of Their Own (2006)