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Unformatted text preview: percent or more of a laborers monthly wages, yet these schools were full. Eventually, states established public school systems, which by 1867 enrolled 40 percent of African American children. How did the Freedmens Bureau positively and negatively affect African Americans? The positive side was, they wanted to be able to read the Bible, to defend their newly gained civil and political rights, and to protect themselves from being cheated. Both races saw that education would undermine the old servility that slavery had fostered. The negative side was the hostile white southerners sometimes destroyed black schools and threatened and even murdered white teachers. Then there were the everyday challenges: low pay, dilapidated buildings, insufficient books, classes of 100 or more children, and irregular attendance....
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- Spring '09