Quote from the Text

“Finally in 1918, sixty-six years after the Massachusetts force legislation, the forty-eighth state, Mississippi, enacted a compulsory school attendance law.”

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, p. 128

Fact Check

It’s unclear where Gatto got the date of 1918. In 1878, the state constitution was updated to include a clause about compulsory education noting that, “the schools in each county shall be so arranged as to offer ample free school facilities to all educable youths in that county but white and colored children shall not be taught in the same school-house, but in separate school-houses.”

From Bolton, C. C., The hardest deal of all: The battle over school integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980, 2005.

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