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Liberation and education - Closeups
September 2013 Issue
When Ron Butchart was a master’s degree student at Northern Arizona University in the early 1970s, he wrote a paper about the education of freed slaves. While conducting research, he read a book that argued educating slaves was a way for the North to undo the South. Perplexed by this idea, Butchart, in his paper, argued that the teachers were in fact heroes. That was three decades ago. Since then, Butchart, a professor in the College of Education and head of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, has studied the history of those early teachers and the freedmen they taught. And he’s created a database—30 years in the making—to catalog information about the educators. “I did not realize that almost half of the people teaching during this time were themselves African American,” Butchart says. At that time in America’s history, literate African Americans made up around 3 percent of the country’s population. “But African Americans were the ones really doing …
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