“Bringing Light to our Land… When She was Dark as Night”: Northerners, Freedpeople, and Education during Military Occupation in North Carolina, 1862–1865

  title={“Bringing Light to our Land… When She was Dark as Night”: Northerners, Freedpeople, and Education during Military Occupation in North Carolina, 1862–1865},
  author={Judkin Browning},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={1 - 17}
  • Judkin Browning
  • Published 31 January 2008
  • Education
  • American Nineteenth Century History
When Union armies arrived in eastern North Carolina in 1862, they encountered escaped slaves eager to acquire education. Soon after the armies occupied the region, missionaries and teachers arrived seeking to educate and uplift these former slaves. They brought their own preconceptions of helpless blacks, and a blind confidence in a New England system of education. But they also brought very different ideas of how the educational mission should be accomplished. Disagreements led to conflicts… 
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