Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

As the first African-American woman novelist, Harriet Wilson wrote in the shadow of two intersecting oppressions: racism and sexism. In the title page of her roman à clef Our Nig, she offers an alternative title: “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even… Continue reading Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

The Achievement Gap

Horace Mann, educational reform leader and founder of the common school, declared public school to be “the great equalizer” because all students received the same education allocated by the state. While each school distributes similar materials and curricula, the quality of education differs immensely. Although public school was established in order to provide free, quality… Continue reading The Achievement Gap