New York African Free Schools and Their Convention Legacies
This virtual library allows visitors to examine some of the texts that students at the NYAFS studied as part of their “intellectual and moral” education. Included, too, is a copy of Headmaster Charles A. Andrews’ The History of the New York African Free Schools, which outlined the pedagogical practices of the school and contains records of student achievement.
To browse these books, click on the title to go to the embedded version on the page. The embedded version has search, zoom, and plain-text options enabled for accessibility. Links to these works are also included in the bibliography below.
Charles C. Andrews, The History of the New-York African Free-Schools.
A Short System of Polite Learning
Caleb Bingham, The American Preceptor
Richard Cobbold, A Father’s Legacy to His Children
J. Joyce, Scientific Dialogues Intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People
Murray Lindley, The English Reader
Travels at Home and Voyages by the Fire-side
J.L. Comstock, Youth’s Book of Natural Philosophy
Researched and written by Amy Fehr. Edited by Simone Austin & Kelli Coles.
Andrews, Charles C. The History of the New-York African Free-Schools. New York, 1830. Hathitrust, Link
A Short System of Polite Learning. Philadelphia, 1835. Archive, Link
Bingham, Caleb. The American Preceptor. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1825. Hathitrust, Link
Cobbold, Richard. A Father’s Legacy to His Children. London, 1850. Hathitrust, Link
Joyce, J. Scientific Dialogues Intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People. London, 1852. Archive, Link
Lindley, Murray. The English Reader. Philadelphia, 1826. Hathitrust, Link
Travels at Home and Voyages by the Fire-Side. Vol. 1, Philadelphia, 1816. Archive, Link
Comstock, J.L. Youth’s Book of Natural Philosophy. Hartford, 1838. Archive, Link