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Radical Equality: the Northampton Association of Education and Industry

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Slavery and freedom. Democracy and opportunity. Rights and responsibility.

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary community of Utopian abolitionists and reformers of the 1840's.

The Northampton Association of Education and Industry (NAEI) was the name of an idealistic community whose members included Sojourner Truth. Their effort to practice equality of women and men, Black and White people, work and learning remains relevant to today.

Radical Equality is one of a collection of online exhibits by the Collaborative’s Emerging America program. Each exhibit showcases gems from the collections of Western Massachusetts museums and models strategies to engage learners through compelling stories and source materials. Part of our aim is to inspire teachers and students to identify and engage the remarkable stories of their own communities and publish them.

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Two online inquiries present primary sources, stimulating questions, and engaging tools of analysis


Learn how the visionaries of the NAEI played vital roles in the struggle to end slavery in America

Cast of Characters
Cast of Characters

Get to know the individuals and locations critical to the evolution of the NAEI and this time period


Visit NAEI through a video walking tour, also experience the difficult art of reeling silk fibers


Explore the work of the NAEI from 1842-1846 through historic pictures, maps, letters, newspaper articles, advertisements, speeches, and book excerpts

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