The first book I’ve read this summer in conjunction with my research was entitled “Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom” by Heather Andrea Williams. Based on instances from the Civil War Era, this book describes ways in which African Americans took their education into their own hands. This would pose a threat to whites across America because education was something that only prosperous whites sought after, threatening the class distinctions between the newly freed blacks and the poorer whites. Reading this piece of nonfiction made me realize the extent to which minorities are oppressed to maintain class distinctions, despite being in a nation that is supposed to be equal.