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African Americans who came to this country as slaves, in general, spent generations working without being allowed to obtain an education. Unlike some other groups that came to the US as indentured servants, their backgrounds were not literate and so many could not pass this knowledge on without schooling. Immigrants who come into the US as legal immigrants can access schooling. For many years, even illegal migrant children could be educated.

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