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The Cultural Reform Project Of Northern Teachers Of The Freed People, 1862-1870, James Paul Patterson Jul 2012

The Cultural Reform Project Of Northern Teachers Of The Freed People, 1862-1870, James Paul Patterson

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This study is a qualitative, historical examination of the diaries, journals, and letters of twenty-four northern teachers of former African American slaves. The study analyzes the cultural reform project carried out by these and other northern teachers working in the American South during the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods (roughly 1862 to 1870). The sample includes both black and white teachers as well as teachers who conceptualized their work in the South primarily in secular terms and--more commonly--in both secular and religious terms. After providing an overview of the work and situating it within the historiography of the teachers ...