Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901–1915 by Louis R. Harlan

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Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856, – November 14, 1915) was an American political leader, educator, orator and author. He was the dominant figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representing the last generation of black leaders born in slavery, and speaking for those blacks who had remained in the New South in an uneasy modus vivendi with the white southerners, Washington was able throughout the final 25 years of his life to maintain his standing as the black leader because of the sponsorship of powerful whites, substantial support within the black community, his ability to raise educational funds from both groups, and his skillful accommodation to the social realities of the age of segregation.

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The 709th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)

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