Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

by Alan Schroeder
     
 

Towering over the late 19th and early 20th centuries like a latter-day Moses, Booker T. Washington lifted himself up from slavery to become the most important black leader in America. Born on a Virginia farm in 1856, Washington remained a slave until the Civil War ended, then went to work in the salt furnaces and coal mines of West Virginia. He was determined to make… See more details below

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Towering over the late 19th and early 20th centuries like a latter-day Moses, Booker T. Washington lifted himself up from slavery to become the most important black leader in America. Born on a Virginia farm in 1856, Washington remained a slave until the Civil War ended, then went to work in the salt furnaces and coal mines of West Virginia. He was determined to make something of himself, however, and at age 16 walked 200 miles to enroll at Virginia's Hampton Institute, an industrial school for blacks. Paying his way by working as the janitor, he graduated in 1875 and became a teacher, first in his hometown and then at Hampton.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Part of a "Black Americans of Achievement" series, with an introduction by Coretta Scott King, this book presents itself authoritatively. This biography of the founder of a training and professional school in Tuskegee, Alabama is engaging and very informative. Booker T. Washington's success as an educator and a spokesperson is legendary. Tuskegee Institute's reputation and academic record is equally celebrated. But, this is a biography, not a tribute. And as such it shows Booker T. Washington as a man who was called upon to set the course for post Civil War race relations in the United States. His intentions were honorable, and many, but certainly not all leaders and workers of his time shared his strong beliefs. This biography, written by the respected author of other biographies and the award winning picture book, Ragtime Tumpie, shows Booker T. Washington and his ideas not only in the context of his time, but also in the light of historical perspective. This is a valuable book that students of the Civil Rights Movement and race relations in this country will want to study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555466169
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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