Today's podcast is for:
Alexander, Elizabeth. MISS CRANDALL'S SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LADIES & LITTLE MISSES OF COLOR : POEMS
MISS CRANDALL'S SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LADIES & LITTLE
MISSES OF COLOR : POEMS
New York : Wordsong, 2007
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
Back in the 1800s, African Americans had few opportunities for education. But one courageous woman defied the bigotry of the times and created a haven for young African American women. Prudence Crandall opened her boarding school in 1833 with 20 students from many states who traveled to Connecticut hoping to find a better life. Many of her students were freed slaves. It was not easy for these girls. They faced racism and the separation from their parents. And the townspeople made it clear they didn't want them there. The shopkeepers refused to sell them provisions. The doctor refused treatment for the girls. And people pelted the school with rocks, eggs and insults. A year after the school opened, Miss Crandall was forced to close it down. This is the story of Miss Crandall's
School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.
Today we had a fun day at our annual family reunion. Lots of aunts and cousins I only see once a year. But these are the times to catch up on everyone's life and enjoy being part of a large Irish family. Not too many liittle ones today. My grandsons were two of the few. My 4 year old grandson played musical chairs with the older kids. They were great about letting him keep getting a seat. But when the time came that he was out, it didn't even phase him. He just went and got one of the chairs that had been taken away and had his own game! Too cute.
This morning while I was baking for the party, we played with a cool web site called Elf Yourself. It does just that. Give it a try. http://www.elfyourself.com We spent way too much time fooling around with it and laughing hysterically. If you want to check out Mimi and her boys, http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=9590634839 I ended up having two Aiden's just because it was funnier that way.
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