Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington by Robert J. Norrell | 9780674060371 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington

Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington

by Robert J. Norrell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674060377

ISBN-13: 9780674060371

Pub. Date: 04/01/2011

Publisher: Harvard

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060371
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
593,924
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

  • Contents

  • Prologue: The Meaning of the Veil

  1. The Force That Wins
  2. The Model Community
  3. The Self-Made Men
  4. The Survival of the Race
  5. The Settlement of the Negro Problem
  6. The Rising People
  7. The Lion and the Fox
  8. The Train of Disfranchisement
  9. The Leopard’s Spots
  10. The Violence of Their Imagination
  11. The Warring Ideals
  12. The Tuskegee Machine
  13. The Assault by the Toms
  14. The Tragedy of Color
  15. The Man Farthest Down
  16. The Leader of the Race
  17. The Morning Cometh
  18. The Veil of History

  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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