Private School System In The 1800's

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Schooling in the South was for only privileged children in the 1800s. There was no public school system in place, therefore the only institutions that offered education were private schools. Private schools could cost a lot of money so only the wealthy citizens in South were even given a chance to get a quality education. Children were exempt from school to work in the fields. Many yeomen, or the largest group of whites in the south, and tenant farmers, or farmers who worked on landlords estates, put their children into hard labor at a young age with the idea that someday the child will one day do the same, therefore not requiring schooling of any kind. The attitude towards education was that it was not needed and didn’t seem worth the money
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