A life of Booker T. Washington - part biography, part history - attempts to put his brand of black empowerment into context. And the four centuries of oppression we black Americans endured gave us masking as a cultural habit.
A life of Booker T. The real fights within the black community - our internal culture wars - have been over which face we show white America. The legendary battle of ideas between Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois at the dawn of the 20th century was also a battle over masks: should we seem humble and modest or prideful and outraged? This mask war was vicious because group masks are mutually exclusive; each nullifies the other.
Instead of viewing Booker T. Washington from the vantage point of the modern civil rights era, Robert J. .Up from History is in all respects an exemplary book, scrupulously fair to its subject and thus to the reader as well. Norrell has placed him squarely in the violent context of late nineteenth-century Alabama (and American) race relations. The result is a compelling new biography that should lead apologists and critics of Washington to see him in a new light. Jonathan Yardley Washington Post Book World 2009-01-18).
Xi, 508 pages : 25 cm. Since the 1960s, Martin Luther King, J. 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.
Up from History book. As his title implies, Up From History, seeks to restore our understanding of Booker T. Washington by placing him firmly in the context of the post-reconstruction South. The misrepresentation of Washington began even during his life, as he was under constant attacks from both white supremacists in the south and northern black men who sought to replace him as the perceived leader of his race.
Robert J. Norrell’s book scrupulously fulfills this mandate (and then some) with shrewd tactics and a composed demeanor that its subject would have recognized and appreciated as resembling his own. Even though the book doesn’t let Washington wriggle free from his own miscalculations and contradictory impulses, its calm tone is enough to extract Washington from the hysteria that too often greeted his actions during his life-and for decades afterwards.
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Main Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association UP FROM HISTORY: The Life of Booker T. Washingtonby Robert J. Norrell. Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 2010, FALL Vol. 51; Iss. 4. UP FROM HISTORY: The Life of Booker T. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.
Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-674-03211-8. In Chapters one through five, Norrell chronicles Washington's life from 1865, when he was age nine, to September 18, 1895, the day he delivered the now infamous Atlanta Exposition speech, the speech that would characterize him as too conciliatory, too weakly dispositioned to White America. Norrell's intent in these chapters is clear; he paints a portrait of Washington's perceived weakness as necessary and bound by the times.
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Since the 1960s, Martin Luther King, J.
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.