The Civil War resulted in freedom for approximately 62,000 Florida slaves. Most of these were illiterate and poorly prepared for their new status. Slavery, with few exceptions, had provided no opportunity for formal learning, and education was essential for an adjustment from a condition of dependence to a life of independent responsibility. Fortunately, a majority of Florida freedmen were anxious to learn.
Richardson, Joe M.
""We Are Truly Doing Missionary Work": Letters from American Missionary Association Teachers in Florida, 1864-1874,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 54:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol54/iss2/6