Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World : Essays and Selected Documents

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Indiana University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 317 pages
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Once hailed as the most influential black women in the United States, Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) began her public career as a teacher in rural Florida, rising to an appointment in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, where she assumed the role of advocate for a wide range of black interests. This volume explores the multi-faceted career of this important black leader in her roles as stateswoman, politician, educational leader, and social visionary. It offers a combination of original documentary sources and analysis of Bethune's life and work. The editors have selected more than 70 documents spanning 53 years of the public life of this remarkable woman. Included are letters, memoranda, position papers, newspaper columns, interviews, speeches, and minutes of meetings.
 

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This collection of essays and documents is an excellent source for both the casual history buff, to whom the well- written essays should appeal. They are interesting and succinctly written. For the scholar and social studies teachers, wanting to use some of the categorized documents for research purposes or classroom use, there are ample documents to choose from. A good all-around reading and reference source on one of the greatest women of the 20th century. 

Contents

MARY MCLEOD BETHUSE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 18751955
3
Document
20
Documents
31
THE UNFOLDING OF MY SOUL 19o21942
74
College President
88
Introduction by Elaine M Smith I
131
Docmuents
139
Great Designs
154
National Youth Administration
216
Leadership at Large
226
Introduction by Elaine M Smith I
259
Holistic Living
274
A Selected Chronology I
285
Sources I
291
Bibliography I
297
Index I
307

Introduction by Elaine M Smith I
199

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AUDREY THOMAS McCLUSKEY is Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Indiana University and has had a long association with the National Women's Studies Association. She has published widely on Bethune and other women activists and educators.

ELAINE M. SMITH is on the history faculty at Alabama State University. An authority on Bethune, she provided the introductions to the Guides to the Mary McLeod Bethune Papers.

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