Up from History The Life of Booker T. Washington

ISBN-10: 067403211X
ISBN-13: 9780674032118
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/19/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Since the 1960s, Martin Luther King, Jr., has personified black leadership with his use of direct action protests against white authority. A century ago, in the era of Jim Crow, Booker T. Washington pursued a different strategy to lift his people. In this compelling biography, Norrell reveals how conditions in the segregated South led Washington to call for a less contentious path to freedom and equality. He urged black people to acquire economic independence and to develop the moral character that would ultimately gain them full citizenship. Although widely accepted as the most realistic way to integrate blacks into American life during his time, Washingtonrsquo;s strategy has been disparaged since the 1960s. The first full-length biography of Booker T. in a generation, Up from History recreates the broad contexts in which Washington worked: He struggled against white bigots who hated his economic ambitions for blacks, African-American intellectuals like W. E. B. Du Bois who resented his huge influence, and such inconstant allies as Theodore Roosevelt. Norrell details the positive power of Washingtonrsquo;s vision, one that invoked hope and optimism to overcome past exploitation and present discrimination. Indeed, his ideas have since inspired peoples across the Third World that there are many ways to struggle for equality and justice. Up from History reinstates this extraordinary historical figure to the pantheon of black leaders, illuminating not only his mission and achievement but also, poignantly, the man himself.

Prologue: The Meaning of the Veil
The Force That Wins
The Model Community
The Self-Made Men
The Survival of the Race
The Settlement of the Negro Problem
The Rising People
The Lion and the Fox
The Train of Disfranchisement
The Leopard's Spots
The Violence of Their Imagination
The Warring Ideals
The Tuskegee Machine
The Assault by the Toms
The Tragedy of Color
The Man Farthest Down
The Leader of the Race
The Morning Cometh
The Veil of History
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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