Date of Award
Master of Art in History
History and Geography
Ryan J. Lynch
Despite local histories that have been published on the history of Columbus, Georgia, and its school system, very little has been written about Columbus’s freedmen schools created after the U.S. Civil War. As a result, a comprehensive history of Columbus’s freedmen does not exist, and those written are fragmented. The focus of this study is to document the beginnings of Columbus’s freedmen school efforts in the post-emancipation era, through those African Americans’ own historical voices and experiences. Though an analysis of archived unpublished letters, local and religious newspapers, census data, government documents, and meeting minutes, this study recovers the authentic perspective of Columbus’s freedmen as they embarked upon securing an education as well as exploring the limits of their freedom. This study is part of both the historiography of black education and of African Americans in the immediate post-Civil War Era.
Thomas, William Dwayne, "“They Know Too Much Already:” Black Education in Post-Emancipation Era Columbus, GA, 1866-1876" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 420.