Zeal for Teaching: Reconstruction in Port Royal, South Carolina

Willie Lee Rose's Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment details the take over by Union troops of Port Royal Island, South Carolina. On November 1861 Union troops captured the Island shortly after white plantation owners abandoned their possessions for the safety inland. The Island along with its ten thousand slaves remained in the possession of Union troops throughout the war and became an experimental lab for Reconstruction. One of many arguments put forward by Rose in her book related to education. She argued that education for freed slaves on the island was promoted with an "organizing zeal" that was "astounding" (p. 233).

John K. Lee
Organization Affiliation
Center for Teaching and Teacher Education, University of Virginia
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