Reconstruction-Era Education and Long-Run Black-White Inequality

41 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2022

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Daniel Jones

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Ethan Schmick

Marquette University

Date Written: July 18, 2022

Abstract

The Reconstruction era of American history (c. 1866-1877) saw widespread efforts to educate recently freed people - efforts which were at least partially abandoned in the post-Reconstruction era. This project examines the impact of childhood exposure to Reconstruction on long-run outcomes for recently freed people in the American South, with a particular focus on exposure to schooling. Using a linked census sample we show that school-age exposure to Reconstruction increased literacy and occupational standing in 1900 for Black men and occupational standing for Black women. Much of these improvements can be attributed to educational opportunities during Reconstruction.

Keywords: Reconstruction, education, later-life outcomes

JEL Classification: N31, I21

Suggested Citation

Jones, Daniel and Schmick, Ethan, Reconstruction-Era Education and Long-Run Black-White Inequality (July 18, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4165983 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4165983

Daniel Jones

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

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Ethan Schmick (Contact Author)

Marquette University ( email )

P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
United States

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