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Booker T. Washington

Emma Lou Thornbrough (Editor)
Book about the life of Booker T. Washington. Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 - 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants, who were newly oppressed by disfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1895 his Atlanta compromise called for avoiding confrontation over segregation and instead putting more reliance on long-term educational and economic advancement in the black community. His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Alabama. As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech in Atlanta that made him nationally famous. The speech called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship. Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling.
Print Book, English, [1969]
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., [1969]
vii, 184 pages ; 22 cm
9780139453038, 9780139453113, 0139453032, 0139453113
Pt. 1: Booker T. Washington looks at the world
The Negro past
The Atlanta address
Educational philosophy
Economic foundations for attainment of Negro rights
Race leader
Relations between Negroes and whites
Politics and suffrage
Washington protests against racial justice
Washington's personal philosophy
Pt. 2: Booker T. Washington viewed by his contemporaries
The white world looks at Washington
The Negro world looks at Washington
Pt. 3: Booker T. Washington in history
Carter G. Woodson
Horace M. Bond
Merle Curti
Guy B. Johnson
W. Edward Farrison
Gunnar Myrdal
Rebecca Chalmers Barton
C. Vann Woodward
Oliver C. Cox
Langston Hughes
August Meier
Louis R. Harlan
"A Spectrum book."