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The Future of the American Negro
Reprinted from the second edition of 1900. The American educator and author of "Up from Slavery" sets forth his ideas regarding the history of enslaved and freed African Americans and their need for education in order to advance themselves.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Echo Library
(first published December 1st 1969)
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I'm really glad I picked this up as an audio book at my library, and even happier I stuck with it in spite of a lot of repetition throughout. Some of the most interesting parts come towards the end, such as the rather dispassionate discussion of lynching. I suppose I'd imagined that lynchers wore their racism on their sleeves and felt no need to justify the act. In fact, there was an arsenal of rationalizations used to explain the necessity/morality of lynching. I was so scandalized to hear such ...more
I read this after reading "Up From Slavery", and Washington states many of the same ideas from his autobiography in this book. He believes the key to success for blacks in the south was an industrial education combined with the vaguely worded "Christian character". A solid read if you're new to Washington and his ideas, if you've read "Up From Slavery" you can probably skip this one. I think Washington's ideas are still very relevant today, only so much can be accomplished through politics.
I recently found out that I've married into an original copy of this book, autographed by Booker T. Washington. I picked it up and started reading and was totally engulfed. I've read 3 chapters and I quite frequently forget I'm reading a book that is over 100 years old. With the exception of some of the phrasing and word choice, it seems quite relevant to modern day...unfortunately.
Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, orator, author and the dominant leader of the African-American community nationwide from the 1890s to his death. Born to slavery and freed by the Civil War in 1865, as a young man, became head of the new Tuskegee Institute, then a teachers' college for blacks. It became his base of operations. His "Atlanta Exposition" speech of 1895 appealed t ...moreMore about Booker T. Washington...
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“Frederick Douglass, of sainted memory, once, in addressing his race, used these words: "We are to prove that we can better our own condition. One way to do this is to accumulate property. This may sound to you like a new gospel. You have been accustomed to hear that money is the root of all evil, etc. On the other hand, property—money, if you please—will purchase for us the only condition by which any people can rise to the dignity of genuine manhood; for without property there can be no leisure, without leisure there can be no thought, without thought there can be no invention, without invention there can be no progress.”
“There are those among the white race and those among the black race who assert, with a good deal of earnestness, that there is no difference between the white man and the black man in this country. This sounds very pleasant and tickles the fancy; but, when the test of hard, cold logic is applied to it, it must be acknowledged that there is a difference,—not an inherent one, not a racial one, but a difference growing out of unequal opportunities in the past.”More quotes…