Throughout the 1800's Horace Mann led the movement for a better American education. In the 1820's New York began to open public schools in every town. Mann became Massachusetts state supervisor of education.
How come there's a black girl here!
Because at my school all races have equal rights.
Citizens of Massachusetts voted to spend taxes on schools after Mann campained for the need of better education. As time went by more states began to open up public schools. Soon most white children exspecially boys attended a free public education.
However the ability to go to school was not easily available to females and African Americans. Most schools didn't enroll women and when blacks did attend schools they were separate and poorly funded. Education was the worst in the south.
In 1833 Prudence Crandall admitted a black student to her all girls school in Connecticut, white parents made their children dropout after this. Crandall created a new school for African Americans which was bombarded, leading to her arrest later on.
Oberlin College was the first college to provide an education for women and African Americans. They enrolled African Americans as early as 1835 and females by 1837.
When states opened the first public universities in the 1860's most accepted women! Horace Mann went on to become a president of a new college for all people. Now days students recieve a better education and public schools are open to all genders and races!