A Black Girl's Education: The Origins of Republican Motherhood in Cordoba, Argentina
The History Center invites you to Dr. Erika Edwards's talk, THURSDAY Apr 7 at noon in Gambrell 257A. Food/drinks provided.
This talk examines childhood education with a particular emphasis on black girls’ educational opportunities in Cordoba city, Argentina from 1783 to 1832. It argues republican motherhood brought forth an important role for women. As mothers they had a specific role to groom and shape future citizens of the Argentine Republic. Newspapers and intellectuals alike argued that a republic could not succeed let alone survive without republican mothers. But this motherhood did not come about because of the wars of independence but rather has its origins in colonial Cordoba city. Whether you were an elite orphan or a poor black slave, their potential motherhood garnered attention from the state, because they would impart important lessons and such as religion, morality, and basic education to a future generation.
Dr Edwards is an assistant professor at UNC-Charlotte.