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Examines African Americans struggle for the right to an education in the United States, focusing on the content and context (historical and sociopolitical) of specific struggles. Selected topics include: the pursuit of literacy by enslaved Africans; the ex-slaves campaign for universal education in the South; African American literary societies; African American education in the Jim Crow South; Black education in the post-civil rights era; and African Americans struggle for the right to maintain their language. Perry.