OTP's An Education in Prudence
In 1833, to further their education, two dozen African American girls traveled from across the free states to a new school in a small Connecticut town. They met insults, assaults, and a new law threatening fines and whippings if they remained. Their teacher, a white Quaker woman, was jailed. With their school on trial, they challenged the law itself – their defense, simply that, as they were born in this country, they were citizens entitled to every right of citizenship. Weaving together past and present, AN EDUCATION IN PRUDENCE traces this story through the eyes of young women visiting the modern-day museum about these events and grappling with how to claim America’s promise in the face of powerful men with different views of what makes our nation great.
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