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Voices of Black America: Historical Recordings of Speeches, Poetry, Humor & Drama
This unique collection, compiled especially for Naxos AudioBooks, features original recordings from 1908-1946 of Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Exposition Address, the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, rarely heard humor of Charley Case, readings from God's Trombones by James Weldon Johnson, and so much more.
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Published February 1st 2002 by Naxos Audiobooks
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ppld.org: Booker Washington, 1856-1915, VA Normal & Ag Inst and Tuskegee Normal & Ind Inst 81, Booker's controversial conviction that blacks could best gain equality in the U.S. by improving their economic situation through education rather than by demanding equal rights was termed the Atlanta Compromise, because Washington accepted inequality and segregation for blacks in exchange for economic advancement. Advised Presidents Teddy and Taft, started National Negro Business League in 90.
I really just wanted to listen to Langston Hughes on this audiobook. Unfortunately, there was only one recording of him reading one poem on the whole audiobook. Most of the rest of it was, as you might imagine given the time period, low quality recordings that were hard to follow. In addition to that, none of the recordings started with introductions for which author one was hearing.
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 ...moreMore about Booker T. Washington...