What Did Escaped and Freed Slaves Do in the North?

They Learned to Read and Write.

5/12/20231 min read

"The freedman's efforts to educate themselves and their children provide one of the most moving chapters in American social history. [. . .] Northern white support played an important role, but the extent to which blacks with few resources and little experience scraped to pay for schools and teachers stands out like a miracle. Escaped slaves . . . and free blacks did everything they could to teach the freedmen, and others, newly freed themselves, taught what little they knew to those who knew less. The desire for education everywhere exploded. For the freedmen, as for the slaves before them, it represented the Keys of the Kingdom."

Eugene D. Genovese, Roll Jordon Roll: The World the Slaves Made, p. 365.