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 fireby 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.
In 1833, a white woman named Prudence Crandall fought a lonely battle against racism when she opened the first New England academy for young African American women in Canterbury, Conn. In her riveting book, The Forbidden Schoolhouse, Suzanne Jurmain highlights the huge odds faced by Crandall, a young single woman in a world run by men.