47 minutes | Oct 24th 2019

Strange Country Ep. 116: Prudence Crandall

Welcome Dear Dash Hounds to another weekly tale of strange behavior from Merkins. Back in the day when slavery was legal and it was illegal to teach slaves to read, there was a woman named Prudence Crandall who knew that was wrong and set to change such terrible ways that white people ran education. In her frustration, Prudence, a highly educated and obviously intelligent woman, opened a school only for black girls. Well Prudence knew damn well this is how we move forward and progress towards a better country - a better world- and she followed her heart and her mind. But in the tiny picturesque town of Canterbury, CONNECTICUT the townspeople had other thoughts on Crandall’s school. Who wins in the end? Listen and remember- we haven’t reached the end yet.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Cite Your Sources Dude:

Connecticut's Cultural Treasures: Prudence Crandall. ConnecticutHistory.org. Video. 2015.

Michals, Debra.  "Prudence Crandall."  National Women's History Museum.  National Women's History Museum, 2015.  Date accessed, 10/13.2019. https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/prudence-crandall

Camera, Lauren. African American Students Lagging far Behind. US News and World Report. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/12/11/african-american-students-lagging-far-behind

Jurmain, Suzanne. The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and DRamatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. 2005


Prudence Crandall. National Women's HIstory Museum. https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/prudence-crandall