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[Womens Education] [African American Education] Kimball, John C.
Connecticut's Canterbury Tale, Its Heroine Prudence Crandall, and its Moral for To-Day
Hartford, CT: Plimpton Print, 1885. First edition. Very Good +. Original drab printed wrappers. 16 pages with two portrait illustrations. A VG+ copy of this rare and delicate piece, due to some soiling and waterstaining to the front wrap, with associated bleed-through to the front endpaper. Rear wrap splitting near foot of spine but holding well. Internally clean and complete. Fairly scarce institutionally but even more so in trade, the present is the only copy on the market, with its only two appearances in the modern auction record appearing a century apart. In 1831, Prudence Crandall opened a private girls' academy in Canterbury, Connecticut, where she taught the privileged daughters of local families. "Ranked as one of the state's best schools, her rigorous curriculum provided female students with an education comparable to that of prominent schools for boys. In 1832, Crandall admitted Sarah Harris, an African American woman from a successful family, who sought to become a teacher. Local white parents were outraged, urging Crandall to expel Harris. She refused. When white parents withdrew their children, Crandall transformed her boarding school into the first academy for African American girls" (National Women's History Museum). While abolitionists and activists praised the move, agreeing that "young black women should attend female academies whether as an extension of their special charge as future wives and mothers, or as an assertion of their civil rights," the local white community attacked Crandall and her students (Jones). Crandall herself faced jailtime for … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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