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Noyes Complaints: A White Mob (and 90 Yoke of Oxen) Drag a Racially Integrated School from Its Foundations in 1835 New Hampshire
Blame it on a literal reading of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1834, the New Hampshire state legislature granted a charter to found Noyes Academy in the rural Town of Canaan. Because the Declaration of Independence made no distinction as to the race of those rallying to the cause of freedom from oppression, neither did the incorporators of Noyes Academy impose any restrictions as to the race of the students who would be allowed to study there. Twenty-eight...
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