The Forbidden Schoolhouse

The Forbidden Schoolhouse

The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students

Book - 2005
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They threw rocks and rotten eggs at the school windows. Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries or let her students attend the town church. Mysteriously, her schoolhouse was set on fire--by whom and how remains a mystery. 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. Trying to open and maintain one of the first African American schools in America.

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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
ISBN: 9780618473021
0618473025
Branch Call Number: TEEN BIO CRANDAL JURMAIN
Characteristics: 150 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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LMcShaneCLE Feb 08, 2016

It is easy to forget the every day heroism that changes the status quo in America. This is a great reflection on the life of Prudence Crandall, who had the courage to defy convention.

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