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An interesting observation in this context is that prior to the Civil
War it was illegal to teach slaves how to read in write in most
Southern States and Robert Margo showed how after the period of
Reconstruction ended in 1877, the disenfranchisement of blacks was
followed by their exclusion from the education system. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and2, 2009
September Historical Analysis
16 / 19 Section 256 of the Alabama Constitution
- Not enforced since the 1960s but still there!
Duty of legislature to establish and maintain public school
system; apportionment of public school fund; separate
schools for white and colored children.
The legislature shall establish, organize, and maintain a liberal
system of public schools throughout the state for the benefit of the
children thereof between the ages of seven and twenty-one years.
The public school fund shall be apportioned to the several counties
in proportion to the number of school children of school age
therein, and shall be so apportioned to the schools in the districts
or townships in the counties as to provide, as nearly as practicable,
school terms of equal duration in such school distric...
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