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You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South

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Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, first met in 1911 at a Chicago luncheon. By charting the lives of these two men both before and after the meeting, Stephanie Deutsch offers a fascinating glimpse into the partnership that would bring thousands of modern schoolhouses to African ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 30th 2011 by Northwestern University Press
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Anita Cary Pittman is not listed in the index, though it's possible that he is included in the book and mistakenly left out of the index. (I can't remember…moreCary Pittman is not listed in the index, though it's possible that he is included in the book and mistakenly left out of the index. (I can't remember if I read about him in the book or not.)

If you search or Google - Cary Pittman Rosenwald - you'll find recent newspaper articles about his huge contribution to the schools... although, I suppose you may already know this.(less)
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Kressel Housman
"Inspiring" is probably the most overused word in book reviews, but in this case, it's the best possible description. The book is the story of the collaboration between Booker T. Washington, former slave and founder of the Tuskege Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, Jewish philanthropist who financed (with community matching funds) the building of thousands of schools for black children in the segregated south. As this was the early 20th century, neither man challenged segregation, but the schools ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 24, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
This book definitely comes under the heading of “Who knew?” Washington and Rosenwald, a well-to-do Jewish businessman who ran Sears, Roebuck for many years, built around 5,000 schools in the rural South for black students in the rural South. Their friendship in the early part of the 1900s was unusual for the time but extremely productive. Washington frequently approached businessmen who might help him with his various projects, and Rosenwald felt that black children were not being treated fairly ...more
Samuel Johnson
Sep 18, 2014 Samuel Johnson rated it it was amazing
Excellent writing, impressive research and documentation. Amazing history that needs to be remembered and needed to be detailed!

The writer opened a new chapter in my knowledge of the history of education in the south. Although I grew up in Alabama, I had never heard of the Rosenwald Schools. Following up on the well documented story, I questioned my cousin, the oldest living teacher in my family. Of course she was very familiar with the history and was glad to know of the publication.

My late aun
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Agnes


Deutsch has written an inspirational book about Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears Roebuck who devoted much of his life to philanthropy, helping to build close to 5000 schools for Black children in the segregated South. The best chapters in this work focus on the lives of Booker T. Washington and Rosenwald ---the stories of how these two friends from different and humble backgrounds became successful and went on to make a difference in so many lives. The reader is impressed by what Washing
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Anita
Aug 09, 2014 Anita rated it liked it
If you like history and biographies, this is a good one. The author was able to pack a lot of information about Washington (Black) and Rosenwald (Jewish) into 200 pages and managed to keep it interesting.

Based on personal experience, most people do not know much about the history of a culture (or historic people within the culture) other than their own - and sometimes, not even their own. Books like this one are good as a "step outside of the box" to learn things of the past which helps in under
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Edward Sullivan
The inspiring story of the partnership between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, the extraordinarily generous and visionary philanthropist who helped build 5,000 schools for black children in every state of the segregated south.
Paul Hoffman
Feb 26, 2013 Paul Hoffman rated it liked it
I am fascinated about the history of the modern civil rights movement, especially as it relates to Farmville, VA. There are several Rosenwald schools in this area.
Katy Kelly
Mar 25, 2012 Katy Kelly rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Julius Rosenwald or the Rosenwald schools. After reading this well-researched, tightly written book about how the philanthropist teamed up with helped finance 5,000 schools for African American children, I am surprised he is not as celebrated now as he was at the time of his death. ("Rosenwald Dead, Nation Mourn," said the front page of the New York Times). An impressive, moving-but-not-sappy, accounting of the building of the schools and man who rejected the politics of the ...more
V
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it really liked it
Excellent book - I had no idea before reading this that the founder of Sears and Roebuck was instrumental in procuring hundreds of schools that were designed for success of the minority population. post-Civil War. Good reading!
Kimberly
Nov 27, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Inspiring story well told touches on the goodness of humanity, human rights, and the importance of education.
IleneOnWords
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I have always been fascinated with the Rosenwald schools and this book tells how they came into existence.
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