Prudence Crandalls fight

Slavery in the Connecticut through out history has been less elaborated on than that of the south and other states involved in the era of slavery. Many abolitionist came out of the northeast and aided the fight against slavery, for example David Ruggles was a very known and dominate advocate for anti slavery. In Connecticut in later years a woman by the name of Prudence Crandall fought for African- Americans to go to her school.

When Prudence was diversifying her school she was ridiculed for here work. The slave trade in Connecticut was prohibited in 1788. However, it remained legal to hold slaves until as late as 1848. The state had passed an act of Gradual Emancipation–children born to enslaved parents after March 1, 1784, would be freed at the age of 25 (later dropped to age 21). As a result slavery was slowly phased out. Though this was happening her school had problems develop as well the people neighboring her did not agree with what she was doing. The people filled the schools well with manure which made the water undrinkable.

In 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school for “young misses of color” in Canterbury, Connecticut. The townspeople protested and harassed Crandall and her students. She resisted and kept her school open. In 1834, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed what came to be known as the Black Law. The Black Lawrestricted African Americans from coming into Connecticut to get an education and prohibited anyone from opening a school to educate African Americans from outside the state without getting a town’s permission. This law, in effect, expelled those attending Crandall’s school and closed it down. The Prudence Crandall trial and the establishment of the Connecticut Black Law of 1834 were huge setbacks for the abolitionist movement in the state.

source: http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/Crandall/CRANDALL.HTM

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