In the summer of 1930, Lorenzo Johnston Greene, a graduate of Howard University and a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, became a book agent for the man with the undisputed title of "Father of Negro History," Carter G. Woodson. With little more than determination, Greene, along with four Howard University students, traveled throughout the South and Southeast selling books published by Woodson's Associated Publishers. Their dual purpose was to provide needed funds for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and to promote the study of African American history. Greene returned east by way of Chicago, and, for a time, he settled in Philadelphia, selling books there and in the nearby cities of Delaware and New Jersey. He left Philadelphia in 1931 to conduct a survey in Washington, D.C., of firms employing and not employing black workers.
From 1930 until 1933, when Greene began teaching at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, Selling Black History for Carter G. Woodson provides a unique firsthand account of conditions in African American communities during the Great Depression. Greene describes in the diary, often in lyrical terms, the places and people he visited. He provides poignant descriptions of what was happening to black professional and business people, plus working-class people, along with details of high school facilities, churches, black business enterprises, housing, and general conditions in communities. Greene also gives revealing accounts of how the black colleges were faring in 1930.
Selling Black History for Carter G. Woodson offers important glimpses into the private thoughts of a young man of the 1930s, a developing intellectual and scholar. Greene's diary also provides invaluable insights into the personality of Carter Woodson that are not otherwise available. This fascinating and comprehensive view of black America during the early thirties will be a welcome addition to African American studies.
|Publisher:||University of Missouri Press|
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Table of ContentsContents Editor's Acknowledgments Editor's Introduction: Serving the "Cause" 1. Planning the Bookselling Campaign: A Reminiscence 2. We Go to Hampton and Suffolk 3. Canvassing in North Carolina 4. More Canvassing in North Carolina 5. The Journey to Atlanta: Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Beautiful Tennessee 6. Alabama and Arkansas 7. Going to Texas: Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Marshall, Texas 8. Texas: On to Dallas, Waco, Austin, and Houston 9. Texas: Houston 10. Texas: Completing the Canvass 11. Oklahoma 12. En Route to Chicago 13. Hard Times in Chicago 14. Return to Washington and the Cleveland Convention 15. Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey 16. At Home in Connecticut: A Working Interlude 17. Back to Philadelphia 18. Still in Philadelphia 19. Philadelphia and Vicinity: Work and Leisure 20. Final Days in Philadelphia 21. Washington: Preparing to Survey Negro Employment 22. Washington: Surveying Negro Employment 23. Washington: Continuing the Survey 24. Washington: Completing the Survey 25. In Retrospect 26. Third Summer Selling Trek 27. Back in New York City 28. First Days at Lincoln University Appendix: Three Poems by Lorenzo J. Greene Editor's Bibliography Index