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Dylan Stawarek Diversity Paper EDU 250 Dr. J. McDonald 10/18/2007 African Americans Through the late 18 th and 19 th Centuries it was a time of big revolutions for the African American settlers. Before this new era pretty much every African American was a slave in some sort or another. Throughout this time period Black race fought tooth and nail to achieve equality between both the Black and White races. These events in this era changed the way African Americans were looked at for the rest of history, they may not have had everything, but they were making progress. Education for African American was only offered through the church, in order to develop the Slaves a sense of religious importance. This consisted only of; Sunday Schools and reading the Bible. Until the 19 th Century this was the most official education that African Americans established. In many of the southern states there were laws created that forbid people from teaching slaves to read and write. The situation was better in the North and the first African Free School was opened in New York City in 1787. This school and six others in the city began receiving public funding in 1824. In 1834 Connecticut passed a law making it illegal to provide a free education for black students. Slaves were not allowed books, pen, ink or paper to improve their minds The later part of the 19 th Century brought a push for more formal education for African Americans. In 1855 Massachusetts legislature changed its policy and declared that no person shall be excluded from a Public School on account of race, colour or prejudice. The 1800s brought African American schools and black academies that were started by free slaves.
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Before the Civil War African played little or no part in Americas society, “In 1860 less then 2 percent of all school-aged African American children were enrolled in school; by 1900 the figure had risen to 31 percent” (McNergney, 135). Even with the introduction of African Americans into the school systems, there were still some troubles the Blacks were undergoing. The Plessy v. Ferguson case allowed for European and African American schools to be separated from each other, “The ruling effectively legalized school segregation.” (McNergney, 138) The thought was that both the African and European American schools would receive the same amount of funding. As anyone
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