Presented by the Gilder Lehrman Center
Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 pm ET
Gilder Lehrman‘s Book Breaks series will feature Kabria Baumgartner (University of New Hampshire) discussing her new book In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America.
Baumgartner examines the fight for equal school rights, which took place over a century before Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. African American women and girls in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island led the struggle that reshaped public education in and around the Northeast from the 1830s and through the 1860s.
Winner, 2020 Mary Kelley Book Prize, given by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Winner, 2020 Outstanding Book Award, given by the History of Education Society
Kabria Baumgartner is Associate Professor of American studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a scholar of nineteenth-century African American history, literature, and culture. Her work has appeared in the New England Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, and Journal of Social History.