Archibald Murphy was very disturbed at what he saw when travelling through NC.
Oh my! I need to help these poor children!
After he published his paper, he started to put programs in place to help NC students with the Literary Fund and Internal Improvements.
Let me help you out. We will take this money and create a literary fund.
He made a need for constitutional reform. The West wanted education and transportation. The East controlled the government and didn't want this to happen.
All children deserve a right to read and have an education, no matter where in our beautiful state they live.
In 1817 he submitted a paper advocating a public system of education. Noting that "one of the strongest reasons which we can have for establishing a general plan of schools, is the condition of the poor children of our country," Murphey argued that the state could not expect to progress dramatically until it elevated the educational status of its population in both the East and West parts of the state.
Though he created programs, these grew very slowly because the government would not allow an increase in money to it because they did not want the Western part of the state to become educated and take over politically. In addition, money was wasted on projects that should have never been funded, as many counties wanted part of the Internal Improvements.
However, the way he advocated for public education helped bring about the establishment of the State Literary Fund in 1825, which eventually became a success and the first public school act seven years after his death.