Re: Literacy North and South
Thank you. Considering the collapse of the Southern economy in general and the cotton market in particular, literacy rates in the states of the old Confederacy probably dropped after the Civil War. My grandmother wouldn't talk about it, but we discovered recently that after age eleven she spent ten to twelve hours a day in a Huntsville AL cotton mill. Her parents had to exchange education for her labor at ten cents per day. That's about a penny an hour.