Mary McLeod Bethune: Building A Better World

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This volume explores the multi-faceted career of Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) in her roles as stateswoman, politician, educational leader, and social visionary. It offers a unique combination of original documentary sources and analysis of Bethune's life and work. The more than 70 documents, spanning 53 years of Bethune's public life, include letters, memoranda, position papers, newspaper columns, interviews, and speeches. Essays by the editors relate these documents to the ...
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Overview


This volume explores the multi-faceted career of Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) in her roles as stateswoman, politician, educational leader, and social visionary. It offers a unique combination of original documentary sources and analysis of Bethune's life and work. The more than 70 documents, spanning 53 years of Bethune's public life, include letters, memoranda, position papers, newspaper columns, interviews, and speeches. Essays by the editors relate these documents to the phases of Bethune's career.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780253336262
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
I In Pursuit of Unalienable Rights: Mary McLeod Bethune in Historical Perspective (1875-1955)
Introduction 3
Certain Unalienable Rights (1944) 20
II Self-Revelations: "Like Bruises on an Oyster" (1940-1955)
Introduction 31
Charles S. Johnson, Interview with Bethune [abridged] (1940) 35
Spiritual Autobiography [abridged] (1946) 50
Address to a World Assembly for Moral Re-Armament in Caux, Switzerland (1954) 55
My Last Will and Testament (1955) 57
III Educational Leadership: "The Unfolding of My Soul" (1902-1942)
Introduction 67
Letter to Booker T. Washington (1902) 75
Letter to Robert Orgden (1905) 75
Sixth Annual Catalogue of the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls [abridged] (1910-11) 76
Letter to Julius Rosenwald (1915) 80
Letter to the Editor, Daytona Morning Journal (1915) 81
Letter of the Editor, New York Times (1920) 82
Letter to Mrs. Booker T. Washington (1923) 83
A Philosophy of Education for Negro Girls (1920) 84
A Tribute to My Friend and Co-Worker, Frances Reynolds Keyser (1932) 86
President's Annual Address to the National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools [abridged] (1924) 88
Letter to P. J. Maveety (1926) 92
Letter to Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1927) 93
Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the President [abridged] (1929) 95
A Common Cause (1932) 105
Letter to Ada Lee (1932) 107
The Educational Values of the College-Bred (1934) 108
Response, Twenty-first Spingarn Medalist (1935) 112
Letter to Jackson Davis (1935) 115
Letter to Mrs. Ferris Meigs (1935) 117
Bethune-Cookman's Next Urgent Step (1938) 118
Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt (1941) 120
Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941) 122
Minutes of the Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Bethune-Cookman College [excerpt] (1942) 123
IV Womanist Activism: "We Are Being Heard!" (1917-1949)
Introduction 131
Letter to the Florida Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (1917) 139
Help Establish the Home for Delinquent Girls (1921) 140
Letter to Mrs. [F. J.] Payne and [Carrie E.] Jackson (1923) 141
Mrs. Bethune Tells of Effect of Intense Hurricane Storm on Florida's Negro People (1928) 141
Letter to the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association (1920) 144
Southern Negro Women and Race Co-operation (1921) 145
Minutes of Joint Meeting [abridged] (1922) 149
President's Address to the Fifteenth Biennial Convention of the National Association of Colored Women (1926) 154
President's Monthly Message: Good Will and Investigation Tour Abroad during the Summer of 1927 (1927) 163
National Association of Colored Women (1928) 165
Letter to Julia West Hamilton (1933) 167
Minutes of the Organizational Meeting of the National Council of Negro Women (1935) 168
Letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1940) 173
Letter to Secretary of War Henry Stimson [abridged] (1941) 174
Report of Hospital Tour in the East [abridged] (1945) 175
Statement before the Senate Banking and Currency Committee on S. 1592 (1945) 178
Memorandum to Mrs. Harold V. Milligan (1946) 183
Americans All: Which Way, America??? (1947) 186
Don't Miss the Foot-hold! Women and the Civil Rights Report (1947) 189
Stepping Aside ... at Seventy-four (1949) 192
V Politics and Public Issues: Stateswoman in Washington (1936-1945)
Introduction 199
Closed Doors (1936) 207
Clarifying Our Vision with the Facts (1938) 212
Proceedings of the Second National Youth Administration Advisory Committee Meeting [excerpt] (1936) 216
Telephone Conversation with Robert S. Richey [transcript] (1938) 218
Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt (1940) 220
NYA Regional Conference on the College Work Program for Negroes [excerpt] (1940) 221
Minutes of the Federal Council on Negro Affairs (1936) 226
Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937) 229
Letter to L. C. Gray (1937) 230
Opening Statement to the Second National Conference on the Problems of the Negro and Negro Youth [transcript] (1939) 232
Memorandum to Aubrey Williams (1939) 235
Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt [draft] (1939) 236
Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt (1941) 240
The Negro and National Defense (1941) 241
Statement of Conference on Negroes in National Defense (1942) 245
What Are We Fighting For? (1942) 246
Letter to James L. Feiser (1943) 247
Tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945) 248
San Francisco Conference (1945) 249
VI The Last Years: "Building a Better World" (1951-1955)
Introduction 259
Statement to President Truman at the White House Conference (1951) 264
The Lesson of Tolerance (1952) 267
My Foundation (1954) 270
U.S. Will Make "the Grade" in Integrating All Its Schools (1955) 272
Yes, I Went to Liberia (1952) 274
S.O.S. Call - To The Negro Citizens of America (1952) 277
Probe of Southern Conference Educational Fund Shocks Writer (1954) 279
Address to the National Council of Negro Women Brotherhood Luncheon (1955) 281
Milestones: A Selected Chronology 285
Sources 291
Bibliography 297
Index 307
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