Young Ovella rejoices as her community comes together to raise money and build a much-needed school in the 1920s, with matching funds from the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company and support from Professor James of the Normal School.
Booklist Starred Review (2005); American Library Association Young Adult Library Services Association--YALSA--Best Books for Young Adults (2006); Americna Library Association-YA (2006); American Library Association Notables (2006); Obis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (2006).
NMAF copy 39088020044855 gift of Anne T. Graham.
Little more learning -- School may sink -- Six scholars -- Moses had a black wife -- Will not you ... be my attorney? -- Man of Canterbury ... Hear me! -- Miss Crandall has commenced her school -- Unjust ... and disgraceful -- Savage barbarity -- Under attack -- Miss Crandall on trial -- More Trouble -- Fire! -- Choicest blessing -- For sale -- Deep convictions of right -- Epilogue -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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. 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. In 1831, thirty years before the Civil War. 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.