FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO, by Booker T Washington - 1900 [Signed]
The Future of the American Negro
by Booker T. Washington
In this book, Washington "set forth his ideas regarding the history of enslaved and freed African-American people and their need for education to advance themselves." (Wikipedia) Originally published in 1899, this was written well after he helped to found Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama (at age 25).
"An excerpt: 'On Black History'
We have reached a period when educated Negroes should give more attention to the history of their race; should devote more time to finding out the true history of the race, and in collecting in some museum the relics that mark its progress. It is true of all races of culture and refinement and civilization that they have gathered in some place the relics, which mark the progress of their civilization, which show how they lived from period to period. We should have so much pride that we would spend more time in looking into the history of the race, more effort and money in perpetuating in some durable form its achievements, so that from year to year, instead of looking back with regret, we can point to our children the rough path through which we grew strong and great."
Another quote from the book: “So long as the Negro is permitted to get education, acquire property, and secure employment, and is treated with respect in the business or commercials world, … I shall have the greatest faith in his working out his own destiny in the Southern States.”
Frontispiece is present. 244 pages. 5 x 7.75 inches.
Includes a very scarce SIGNATURE with a simple inscription by Booker T. Washington.
2nd edition, published by: Small, Maynard, and Co, Boston. 1900
The author Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to 2 presidents of the United States. He was one of the last generation of black Americans born into slavery. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his was a key voice leading the former slaves and their descendants into a new and better life in the post-Reconstruction Southern states.
He was a practical man, encouraging black Americans to first improve their quality of life, before fighting for their Civil Rights. Through this conservative approach, he "urged his fellow blacks, most of whom were impoverished and illiterate farm labourers, to temporarily abandon their efforts to win full civil rights and political power and instead to cultivate their industrial and farming skills so as to attain economic security. Blacks would thus accept segregation and discrimination, but their eventual acquisition of wealth and culture would gradually win for them the respect and acceptance of the white community. This would break down the divisions between the two races and lead to equal citizenship for blacks in the end."(Britannica) Needless to say, this was a controversial stance considering the dramatic and regular hate crimes of the time.
Some quotes by BTW: *"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."* *"Character, not circumstances, makes the man."* *"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."* *"Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things."*
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Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Overall in remarkable and well-preserved condition. Minimal signs of age and wear.
- Bright gilt on red linen covered boards.
- Binding is solid and secure.
- Boards exhibit minor edgewear.
- Spine with gilt is sun-faded, with bumped ends.
- Tissue protector for frontis is intact and clean, excepting illustration shadow.
- Interior is gently age-toned.
- Insider pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Front pastedown shows a squared shadow, where a former owner likely stored other papers.
- Text block edges exhibit expected perforations and are a little dusty.
- Brilliant gilt on top edge of text block; other edges are deckled.
- Fore and foot edges of pages exhibit some light wear including small chips and tanning.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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