Crandall, Prudence

Crandall, Prudence (later Philleo)

(1803–90) educator, abolitionist; born in Hopkinton, R.I. Her short-lived attempt to train young black women as teachers in her Canterbury, Conn., boarding school (1833–34), provoked passage of a local "black law" and harassment ranging from arrest to violent attacks. Crandall worked for women's rights and temperance throughout her life.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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