This essay was written for a class in American history. This topic was chosen as one that fits with the author's interest in the life of Prudence Crandall.
Edward S. Abdy recorded and commented on his observations of race relations in the United States in the 1830’s. Writing for a large audience, he had his work published in 1835. As a visitor from England, he was not a product of the culture he was describing, and thus had a somewhat distanced perspective of events. He published his observations in the 1830’s under the title A Journal of a Residence and Tour in the United States. It is a journal with entries marked by dates, written firsthand by the author. Volume one of this three volume work provides readers with many details of the difficulties and challenges which faced Prudence Crandall in her efforts to set up a school for black girls in Canterbury, Connecticut. Abdy provides many observations of American culture and government in his journal, and it is well worth reading. My particular interest is in his descriptions of the efforts of Prudence Crandall and the reactions of the townspeople of Canterbury.
Abdy describes Crandall’s personal response to the new law:
In 1995 the State recognized her as its State Heroine. Her house in Canterbury was declared a National Landmark in 1991 (CT.gov).
Abdy, Edward S. A Journal of Residence and Tour in the United States of North America. J. Murray. London: 1835. Reprint of the original. Tales of the Early Republic. Hal Morris' Home Page. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. <http://jmisc.net/>.
"African American Historic Places - Beth L. Savage, National Register of Historic Places." Google Books. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. <http://books.google.com/books?id=wjZIkchWX5AC>.
"CT.gov: "The State Heroine." CT.gov Portal. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. <http://www.ct.gov/ctportal/cwp/view.asp?a=885>.
"Education & Resources." National Women's History Museum - NWHM. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. <http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/prudence-crandall/>.
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