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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Foner and Pacheco have written biographical sketches of three women who endured personal hardship and suffered persecution because they decided to teach non-slave black children in antebellum America. While the three teachers, Prudence Crandall, Margaret Douglass, and Myrtilla Miner, lived and taught in different parts of the country, Connecticut, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., respectively, they shared similar experiences and provided antislavery proponents with evidence of the many personal hardships and indignities blacks experienced and suffered. In general, most members of the antislavery movement agreed on the importance of education for blacks and worked to establish educational institutions through fundraising efforts and letter writing. Each woman had strong supporters as well as detractors. Each learned firsthand that prejudice and racism were not confined to a specific geographic location.
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