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Forty Acres and a Mule
Plantations in Ruins
Black Legislators
Northerners in the South
Access to Learning
Slave to Sharecropper
The Negro Question
In God We Trust
White Men Unite
State by State

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Access to Learning
 
Access to Learning

Northern missionaries open schools in the South -- and freed slaves rejoice in the opportunity to be educated. The South's new, racially integrated legislatures create the region's first public schools -- for blacks and for whites.



 
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Carrying Light and Knowledge
A teacher travels South to educate eager students in hostile surroundings.

Were You Ever a Colored Boy?
A newspaper describes the miserable experience of racism at school.

The People Are Daily More Enlightened
A South Carolina legislator lists improvements in the state educational system.



Special Features

Q&A: Schools and Education During Reconstruction
Historians offer thoughts about education in the South after the war.


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