"When I Can Read My Title Clear": Literacy, Slavery, and Religion in the Antebellum South

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University of South Carolina Press, 1991 - Social Science - 215 pages
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'A distinctive volume revealing America's often-contradictory dance with freedom & the concepts of equality & inalienable rights.'-Chicago Tribune.

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"When I can read my title clear": literacy, slavery, and religion in the antebellum South

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For slaves, as for whites, literacy promised self-worth and access to scripture. Literacy meant liberation of mind and soul and sometimes even person. Literate slaves had status, often as preachers ... Read full review

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