This is the dramatic true story of a Connecticut woman who, in the 1830s, made the controversial choice to begin educating African American girls at her exclusive boarding school.
“A captivating read.” —Kirkus Reviews
They threw rocks at the school windows. Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries or let her students attend the town church. Her schoolhouse was mysteriously set on fire. The town authorities dragged her to jail and put her on trial for breaking the law.
Her crime? Trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry.
Exciting and eye-opening, this account of the heroine of Canterbury, Connecticut, and her elegant white schoolhouse at the center of town will give readers a glimpse of what it is like to try to change the world when few agree with you.
* "Jurmain has plucked an almost forgotten incident from history and has shaped a compelling, highly readable book around it."
—Booklist, starred review
"Fascinating photographs and images . . . and endnotes provide insight into the lives of the students, Crandall, and her supporters."
"This book offers a fresh look at the climate of education for African Americans and women in the early 1800s."
––School Library Journal
"A captivating read."
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