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on July 26, 2012
This book is a bit of an oddity in that it looks something like a picture book, but reads at a much higher level, say junior-high or senior-high. It tells the story of Prudence Crandall of Connecticut, who in the early 1800s started a school for African-American girls. In seeking to give black children the same opportunities afforded white children, thereby creating more educated and presumably more socially responsible young citizens, both black and white, Crandall was vilified and her school was forced to close.
This book should be required reading for anybody studying American history, the history of early education in the U.S. and in New England in particular, the role of Abolitionists in the fight against slavery, and the role that women such as Prudence Crandall played in the social struggles of the time.