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- Sep 2018
M ost slaves could neither read nor write; and m any w hite A m ericans, acting according to law and custom , prevented the slaves from learning to read or write.
Slaves were not taught to read or write to the benefit of the slave owners. Many viewed slaves that were literate as a threat. It would only make the slaves more difficult for them to control. Some slaves were taught to read for religious purposes.