Cleveland: Cleveland Educational Bureau, 1882. 23,pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Spine ends slightly chipped; light dust soiling to wraps. Light, even tanning. Very good plus. Item #1342
A rare pamphlet on African-American education in the South that includes two articles: "The Education of the Negro" by Albion Winegar Tourgee and "Southern Education" by Charles Terry Collins. Tourgee (1838-1905) was a white, Ohio-born attorney and Civil War veteran who became a vocal advocate for racial equality in the South. He moved to North Carolina for health reasons in 1865, and three years later represented his county at the state constitutional convention. "His platform included equal political and civil rights for all citizens; ending property qualifications for jury duty and officeholding; popular election of all state officers, including judges; free public education; abolition of whipping posts, stocks, and branding for those convicted of crimes; judicial reform; and uniform taxation. In good part because of his leadership, these reforms and a homestead exemption, protecting a modest amount of real and personal property from creditors, were written into the North Carolina constitution" - DNB. He later served as a judge, wrote novels exploring the challenges of Reconstruction, and founded the National Citizens’ Rights Association, an organization devoted to equality for African-Americans. Here he traces the progress of education among African-Americans since the end of the Civil War, considers the many challenges to improvement, and advocates for "using the power and revenue of the Government to aid and protect education at the South, both of white and colored illiterates." The article by Collins provides plentiful statistics to support his argument that support for the schools in southern states has been "utterly insufficient" and Federal spending is needed, since "education alone can give genuine liberty." We locate copies at three institutions, AAS, the British Library, and Berea College.