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Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom, 1861-1876 Hardcover – September 27, 2010

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Butchart has written an important study. . . . It will deepen our understanding of these transformative events for years to come.--Journal of American History



Surprising new quantitative analysis . . . . This new picture will benefit future historians.--History of Education Quarterly



This is a significant book . . . . Butchart's revelations fundamentally reshape our understanding of freed people's education.--The Historian



[Butchart] skillfully blends quantitative research with anecdotal analysis to produce a nuanced and sweeping account, rich with compassion, insight and precision.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History



Schooling the Freed People is both comprehensive and engaging, offering a definitive social history within a narrative that never loses the voices of educators and learners." --The North Carolina Historical Review



Offers a number of important contributions to the field.--Annals of Iowa



This work promises to long be a touchstone for scholars and students of post-Civil War black education, of Reconstruction broadly, and of blacks' transition to actual freedom.--Library Journal



[Butchart] poignantly portrays both the freedmen's enthusiasm for learning and the intensity of white resistance to black education. . . . A meticulously researched piece of scholarship of importance to specialists. Recommended.--Choice



In this concise, cogently argued book, Ronald E. Butchart presents a convincing new portrait of the women and men who served as teachers of freedpeople across the American South during Reconstruction.--Journal of Southern History



In Schooling the Freed People, Butchart used archival sources and state and national governmental records and school reports to provide a well-researched narrative on African American and white teachers and southern black schooling during Reconstruction.--Journal of African American History



A meticulously researched book that has made a major intervention in the scholarship on African-American education after the Civil War.---Journal of NC Association of Historians



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



Path-breaking research. . . . 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. . . . Will be the benchmark by which all other work in this area of history will be judged in the future.--Lone Star Book Review

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Rich in detail and strongly documented, Schooling the Freed People argues persuasively for a more complex portrait of the first generation of teachers who actually taught in black schools. This new portrait will undoubtedly become the new consensus, the point of departure for future analyses of teachers in the Reconstruction era. Butchart radically reshapes our understanding of Reconstruction educators with this pathbreaking book.--James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

|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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. White on April 22, 2012
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This is one of the best works of nonfiction that I have read in months. The book examines the teachers of the newly freed people after the Civil War. Ronald Butchart is in the midst of an ambitious project compiling a record of every teacher who taught freedmen during Reconstruction and has mined his record in a highly readable book. He writes in depth about the demographics of the thousands of teachers, destroying some accepted notions in the process. The average school teacher during the era was not a "New England school marm," for example. In fact, he conclusively establishes the important roles that freed blacks and former slaves played, as well as the roles that many impoverished Confederates played. The book skillfully weaves fascinating anecdotes and stories into the information which makes the book so very readable. This is not a book simply for scholars, although historians should definitely add this to their reading lists and re-write their lesson plans for the Reconstruction era. I cannot recommend it more highly.
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