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Why couldn't slaves learn how to read and write?

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William Cain on December 9, 2019

It was illegal to teach a slave or a "free person of color" to read and write. Anyone caught doing so was often ordered by the court to be flogged in public. The owners of slaves believed if a slave was taught to read and write, they would no longer listen to and obey your teacher and then it would be useless. More: there was an additional, ultimately far longer lasting reason for keeping African-Americans from learning to read or write. The reason was to prevent their prerogatives by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the united states. Section 2 of the same must have effectively invalidated the ruling in the Dred Scott case, that feature people of color as only 3/5 of a whole. Alas, two powerful parties ensured that Dred Scott remained in effect, and that is to put it in a soft way. In the first place, the Radical Republican Congress of Reconstruction feared that increased representation gained by the South by the colored vote would weaken their own political power. Ironically, the Southerners ensured their own virtue of the representation by the presentation of a number of barriers to the voting of former slaves, and later, the grandchildren of former slaves. One of the essential elements of this strategy was the literacy test. It was not until the voting Rights Act of 1965 that Federal authorities began to intervene proactively to ensure the rights of African-Americans to vote. Another point of view: I must plead guilty to expanding the scope of the question a little. I would suggest, however, that, in doing so, I presented no problem, that is not germane to the discussion. In addition, the story shows clearly that the slaves were not as ignorant as their "owners" had believed. Witness the many protest songs that emerged from the slave culture, in particular, "go down Moses." It appears that while the slaves may have lacked the literacy, whites failed miserably in their acting skills. After all, what else could the line "let my people go", meaning, when sung by a group of inferior beings? What is a failure of the imagination to understand that the allegory is possible to feed an entire race of people, and to leave a legacy to fly in the face of ignorant slave owners, racists! They were not "unable", in the sense that they lacked the ability to read. In most places it is illegal to teach them to read. Literate slaves could get ideas from things you read, about things like freedom, or how to escape, and where to go if it did. An ignorant slave is much more controllable. It was considered advisable to leave the domestic service to learn to read, for the same reasons. The slaves can not read, because while the people were still slaves, they have no chance of discovering how to read. nobody would teach them... also make him as smart as the slave owners and they could revolt because if the slaves were smarter than there owner, then the slave could be a lot of things and the owners would be useless, because if the slaves were smarter than there owner, then the slave could be a lot of things and the owners would be useless

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