Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 / Edition 1

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This book begins in 1901, when Booker T. Washington at the age of forty-five was approaching the zenith of his fame and influence, and ends with his death in 1915. It is a biographical study in the sense that its focus is on the complex, enigmatic figure of Washington, the most powerful black minority-group boss of his time.

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Harlan reveals Washington's complex personality in sharp contrast to his public demeanor.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the most important biographies of our time....With this long-awaited second (and final) volume...Harlan has written the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington....He brings to life a man of enormous complexity, an enigmatic figure who offends our era's sensibilities and refuses to meet our preconceived notions of how a great leader should behave."—Washington Post Book World

"From every standpoint a tour de force....Harlan's study of the Wizard of Tuskegee is in every respect definitive—a model of the demanding art of biography."—American Historical Review

"A major contribution to black history."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"A superb work of scholarship....To meet the challenge of a subject as complex, difficult and treacherous as Washington calls for a biographical talent of a high order. Mr. Harlan's writing displays all the necessary skills and art...[He] deserves honors for his remarkable achievement."—C. Vann Woodward, The New York Times Book Review

"A magnificent biography....[Harlan] throws into relief the man, his era—and the larger problem of pragmatic temporizing in the face of racial injustice."—Newsweek

"The best biography of an Afro-American....Combining sympathy and critical detachment with a sure eye for complexity and ambiguity, Harlan has used his unparalleled knowledge of the Washington papers to dismantle the wall of circumlocution, indirection, and masked purpose with which Washington surrounded himself and to probe deeply the multiple facets of his very active life."—Journal of Southern History

"Harlan does a masterful job of unmasking his complex subject within the context of the social forces that shaped him."—Journal of American History

"A brilliant completion of what will stand as the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington."—Herbert Shapiro, University of Cincinnati

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195042290
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 562
  • Sales rank: 789,223
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Partners of Convenience: Washington and Roosevelt 3
2. Black Intellectuals and the Boston Riot 32
3. Conference at Carnegie Hall 63
4. Damming Niagara 84
5. Family Matters 107
6. Other People's Money 128
7. Tuskegee's People 143
8. Other People's Schools 174
9. Up from Serfdom 202
10. A White Man's Country 238
11. Provincial Man of the World 266
12. Atlanta and Brownsville 295
13. Brownsville Ghouls 323
14. Black Politics in the Taft Era 338
15. Washington and the Rise of the Naacp 359
16. Night of Violence 379
17. Outside Looking in 405
18. Gonna Lay Down my Burden 438
Notes 459
Index 529
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