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Educational Reconstruction$
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Hilary Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270118

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270118.001.0001

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Remaking the Former Confederate Capital

Remaking the Former Confederate Capital

Black Richmonders and the Transition to Public Schools, 1865–1870

(p.15) 1 Remaking the Former Confederate Capital
Educational Reconstruction

Hilary Green

Fordham University Press

This chapter traces black Richmonders’ efforts to define the meaning of freedom and citizenship through the African American schoolhouse. Through a network of educational partnerships, black Richmonders successfully developed the Freedmen’s Schools, legitimized African American education in new state constitutions, and laid the foundation for tax-supported public schools. The chapter argues that, overcoming internal fissures and local opposition, black Richmonders and their allies fundamentally transformed African American education from a marginalized institution into a state right of citizenship and imprinted their vision onto the former Confederate capital.

Keywords:   Freedmen’s Schools, public schools, reconstruction state constitutions, Richmond, Virginia, urban South

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