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Picturing The Past: Moonlight Schools Held At Rosman In Late 1914

 

Last updated 7/13/2020 at 2:59pm

Traditional students at the old Shoal Creek School. Teachers were Janie Gillespie, Janie Matthews and Jessie Matthews. (Photo courtesy: Balsam Grove Community Center and Bernice Powell)

The illiteracy rate among adults in North Carolina was significantly higher than the national average during the early 20th century. According to the Bureau of the Census the national percentage of adult illiteracy was 11.3 percent in 1900. In North Carolina illiteracy was 30.1 percent.

It was fairly common for children to receive limited formal schooling prior to 1900. Schools often operated for six or eight week sessions, scheduled around planting and harvesting or based on availability of teachers. Many students in rural areas were too far from a school to attend regularly. In addit...



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