Educated for Freedom: Events/Media/Reviews


“Duane departs from the traditional biographical format—surveying from childhood to adulthood—and instead weaves biographical events together through a focus on documents at the school Garnet and Smith attended as children. The result creates a provocative tie between their childhood challenges and the work they pursued as adults. A compelling tale of . . . their struggle to forge a path for freedom out of a slave nation.”–Kirkus Reviews


Duane eloquently describes the threats and obstacles black children faced in pursuit of their education. . . . this erudite chronicle succeeds in lifting up two underappreciated figures of the antislavery movement.” —Publishers Weekly

——————————————————————————————————————“Based on extensive archival research, Duane paints a detailed and nuanced picture of black education, including its possibilities and limitations, in the antebellum North. VERDICT A mustread for those interested in antebellum African American life and education.” (Starred Review) Library Journal)

Events/Media Appearances/PUBLICATIONS

Publications related to Educated for Freedom

Hiding In Plain Sight: Black Youth on Stage in 19th Century New York– “In the years which marked the growing popularity of minstrel performances, appropriating black culture in the service of white supremacy, students at the N[ew York African Free Schools] were learning how to deploy performances that blurred the very racial categories they were being taught to inhabit.” –Gotham Blog

The Shame of Rikers “Kalief Browder’s story is a national shame that should hasten Rikers’ demise, but it is also emblematic of the institution’s past even before it was a prison. –

Media Events/Appearances

Interview, “The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen” (February 19, 2020)

Interview, WGVU Public Media (February 2020)

Interview, “Keeping Democracy Alive” (broadcast February 18, 2020)

Interview, Lopate at Large, WBAI (broadcast February, 4 2020)

Interview “The Public Eye.” WICN, Public Radio (February 2, 2020)

Interview, Grating the Nutmeg Podcast (released Feb 1, 2020)

Interview, The Best of Our Knowledge, WAMC (broadcast, January 31, 2020)