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In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America by Kabria Baumgartner (review)

In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America by Kabria... book revi ews In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America. By Kabria Baumgartner. (New York: New York University Press, 2019. Pp. 286. Cloth, $35.00.) From Ruby Bridges to Medgar Evers and from school desegregation to forced busing, the story of Black people’s determination to exercise an equal right to education is one that often privileges twentieth-century activism. Kabria Baumgartner, however, skillfully reminds readers that assorted campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement were not African Americans’ first, nor only, contestations over education. In Pursuit of Knowledge docu- ments how Black women and girls “engaged in concerted efforts to pro - cure advanced schooling . . . and teaching opportunities for themselves and their communities” (2). In some instances they were met with violent white opposition that interrupted their paths toward procuring or pro- viding formal education. In others, they maneuvered around social, legal, political, and financial obstacles to continue their schooling and teaching. Rather than depicting the outcomes of these episodes as successes or fail- ures, Baumgartner rightly guides readers to a deeper understanding of the processes that informed Black women’s educational activism. In so doing, the author reveals the networks, local conditions, and protest http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America by Kabria Baumgartner (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 15, 2022

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book revi ews In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America. By Kabria Baumgartner. (New York: New York University Press, 2019. Pp. 286. Cloth, $35.00.) From Ruby Bridges to Medgar Evers and from school desegregation to forced busing, the story of Black people’s determination to exercise an equal right to education is one that often privileges twentieth-century activism. Kabria Baumgartner, however, skillfully reminds readers that assorted campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement were not African Americans’ first, nor only, contestations over education. In Pursuit of Knowledge docu- ments how Black women and girls “engaged in concerted efforts to pro - cure advanced schooling . . . and teaching opportunities for themselves and their communities” (2). In some instances they were met with violent white opposition that interrupted their paths toward procuring or pro- viding formal education. In others, they maneuvered around social, legal, political, and financial obstacles to continue their schooling and teaching. Rather than depicting the outcomes of these episodes as successes or fail- ures, Baumgartner rightly guides readers to a deeper understanding of the processes that informed Black women’s educational activism. In so doing, the author reveals the networks, local conditions, and protest

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 15, 2022

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