The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 eBook

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MATHER, COTTON. The Life and Death of the Reverend John Elliot who was the First Preacher of the Gospel to the Indians in America.  The third edition carefully corrected. (London, 1694.) Sets forth the attitude of John Elliot toward the teaching of slaves.

MOTT, A. Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Color; with a Selection of Pieces of Poetry. (New York, 1826.) Some of these sketches show how ambitious Negroes learned to read and write in spite of opposition.

SIMMONS, W.J. Men of Mark:  Eminent, Progressive, and Rising, with an Introductory Sketch of the Author by Reverend Henry M. Turner.  (Cleveland, Ohio, 1891.) Accounts for the adverse circumstances under which many ante-bellum Negroes acquired knowledge.

SNOWDEN, T.B. The Autobiography of John B. Snowden. (Huntington, W. Va., 1900.)

WIGHTMAN, WILLIAM MAY. Life of William Capers, one of the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church South; including an Autobiography.  (Nashville, Tenn., 1858.) Shows what Capers did for the religious instruction of the colored people.


ASBURY, BISHOP FRANCIS. The Journal of the Reverend Francis Asbury, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, from August 7, 1781, to December 7, 1815.  Three volumes. (New York, 1821.)

COFFIN, LEVI. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, reputed President of the Under Ground Railroad. (Second edition, Cincinnati, 1880.) Mentions the teaching of slaves.

DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, as an American Slave.  Written by himself. (Boston, 1845.) Gives several cases of secret Negro schools.

——­ The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass from 1817 to 1882.  Written by himself.  Illustrated.  With an Introduction by the Right Honorable John Bright, M.P.  Edited by John Loeb, F.R.G.S., of the Christian Age, Editor of Uncle Tom’s Story of his Life. (London, 1882.) Contains Douglass’s appeal in behalf of vocational training.

FLINT, TIMOTHY. Recollections of the last Ten Years.  A series of letters to the Reverend James Flint of Salem, Massachusetts, by T. Flint, Principal of the Seminary of Rapide, Louisiana. (Boston, 1826.) Mentions the teaching of Negroes.


BANCROFT, GEORGE. History of the United States.  Ten volumes.  (Boston, 1857-1864.)

HART, A.B., Editor. American History told by Contemporaries.  Four volumes. (New York, 1898.)

——­ The American Nation; A history, etc.  Twenty-seven volumes. (New York, 1904-1908.) The volumes which have a bearing on the subject treated in this monograph are Bourne’s Spain in America, Edward Channing’s Jeffersonian System, F.J.  Turner’s Rise of the New West, and Hart’s Slavery and Abolition.

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