Mutiny, Literacy, and Race

The 109 IL mutiny attributed to their inability to read. And the MA blacks higher literacy trumpeted (and thus the explanation for their loyalty. Ironic given that they would mutiny as well, precisely in part because they were well-informed of events.

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Mutiny, Literacy, and Race - Educated Soldiers. It is stated that not one in...
Educated Soldiers. It is stated that not one in five of the members of the 100th Regiment from Union county, Southern Illinois, can read. This regiment, which has been reduced by sickness and desertion to 120, has mutinied for the second time because they have not been paid up. Per contra of the six hundred members of the colored regiment now raising in Massachusetts, at least one halt can both read and write.

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  1. The Liberator,
  2. 15 May 1863, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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  • Mutiny, Literacy, and Race — The 109 IL mutiny attributed to their inability to read. And the MA blacks higher literacy trumpeted (and thus the explanation for their loyalty. Ironic given that they would mutiny as well, precisely in part because they were well-informed of events.

    tmromo – 15 May 2013

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