McElvey, Kay Najiyyah. Early Black Dorchester, 1776-1870: A History of the Struggle of African-Americans in Dorchester County, Maryland, to be Free to Make Their Own Choices. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland at College Park, 1991.
Annotation / Notes: The author examines selected events relating to Dorchester County's black population between 1776 and 1870 and their struggle to make their own political, economic, religious, and educational choices. The author also focuses on the enslaved and free leaders who led the fight for self-determination. The author hopes that her text will be used in high school classrooms as a local history of black Dorchester County.
Putney, Martha S. "The Baltimore Normal School for the Education of Colored Teachers: Its Founders and Its Founding." Maryland Historical Magazine 72 (Summer 1977): 238-52.
Annotation / Notes: The author examines the background of the founders and the founding of the Baltimore Normal School for the Education of Colored Teachers, which today is Bowie State College. The author traces the founding of the school to an endowment left by a free black man and the Society of Friends (Quakers). The founding of the school took place during a time when the notion of educating black people was not widely accepted.
Wennersten, John R., and Ruth Ellen Wennersten. "Separate and Unequal: The Evolution of a Black Land Grant College in Maryland, 1890-1930." Maryland Historical Magazine 72 (Spring 1977): 110-17.
Annotation / Notes: The authors examine how Princess Anne Academy on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland developed after 1890 as a state and federally supported land grant school. Like other land grant schools, Princess Anne Academy was neglected by state and federal agencies. This academy was an example of separate education provided for blacks which demonstrated how land grant schools were indeed separate ad unequal.
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