The African Free School
How did the establishment of free schools for African Americans in 18th- and 19th-century New York help transform the lives and identities of its students? At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Evaluate the significance of education and literacy to the larger African American community in New York City
- Situate the development of schools for African American students within the larger development of public education in New York City
- Assess how the education received at the African Free School helped create a class of important African American leaders
- Evaluate the importance of education and literacy to democratic participation
- Identify some of the literary contributions of James Weldon Johnson and Frances E.W. Harper
- How did the existence of slavery shape African American communal life and cultural expression?
- How is community defined?
- How was the African American community defined?