Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 508 pages
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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, Washington’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 Washington’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.

  

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A remarkably strong review of Booker T Washington and his significance. What really stands out is how Norrell locates Washington within the life and times of the Jim Crow south. In doing so, he picks ... Read full review

Review: Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington

User Review  - Goodreads

A remarkably strong review of Booker T Washington and his significance. What really stands out is how Norrell locates Washington within the life and times of the Jim Crow south. In doing so, he picks ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue The Meaning of the Veil
1
The Force That Wins
17
The Model Community
43
The SelfMade Men
61
The Survival of the Race
92
The Settlement of the Negro Problem
115
The Rising People
136
The Lion and the Fox
160
The Tuskegee Machine
288
The Assault by the Toms
311
The Tragedy of Color
339
The Man Farthest Down
359
The Leader of the Race
380
The Morning Cometh
403
The Veil of History
421
Notes
445

The Train of Disfranchisement
185
The Leopards Spots
210
The Violence of Their Imagination
238
The Warring Ideals
263
Acknowledgments
485
Index
487
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About the author (2009)

Robert J. Norrellis Bernadotte Schmitt Professor ofHistory at the University of Tennessee.

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