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The full collection of the Booker T. Washington Papers Collection (all 8,731 pages!) is now available through ProQuest ebrary.

[Image: Washington, Booker T.  Booker T. Washington Papers Collection, Volumes 1-14. University of Illinois Press, Oct 2014. Ed. by John W. Blassingame and Pete Daniel.]

From the book:

—    “This bibliography is intended to serve as an accurate guide to books and articles written by Booker T. Washington. It falls somewhere between the terms ‘comprehensive’ and ‘selective.’”
—    “Serialized versions of several of Washington's books are included. These correspond closely with the texts of the book versions, but they also contain illustrations not used in the books.”

Remember, Black History month is coming soon in both the US and Canada (February), and this important resource is available to aid your faculty’s curriculum planning needs. Booker T. Washington is a significant figure in American history as well as black history, and this collection of his books and articles is an important new tool in teaching both.

As a major civil rights leader in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he was known for his writings on black entrepreneurship, self-reliance, and progress in the black community through education and business ownership and proprietorship. He also served on the Board of the National Urban League in 1914, an organization that is still active today, and whose mission is "to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights."

His rival, W.E.B. Du Bois, summed it up well in “The Social Significance of Booker T. Washington,”:

“He was an American, and the comments upon his career tend continually to emphasize the fact that such a struggle upward against terrific odds, such indomitable persistence and versatility of expedient was peculiarly American. After Frederick Douglass, Mr. Washington was the next great exemplification and revelation of problems of race and labor in America…”*

Learn more here about this comprehensive collection.
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* Source: (Du Bois, W.E.B. (2011). The Social Significance of Booker T. Washington. Du Bois Review, 8(2), 367-376)

12 Dec 2014

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