THE MAN FARTHEST DOWN, by Booker T. Washington - 1913


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The Man Farthest Down

by Booker T. Washington

New York: Double, Page & Company, 1913.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Red cloth boards feature text in gilt.
  • Boards show some wear to perimeter with bumping and light fraying to corners.
  • Sunned spine exhiblts head and tail pushed and frayed, with a small abrasion to spine shoulder.
  • Endpapers are toned.
  • Hinge at title page is cracked with webbing though intact.
  • Gutter between pages 202/203, 250/251 is slightly cracked with webbing though intact.
  • Rear hinge cracked with webbing intact.
  • Binding secure.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and other intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • JS20160728

390 pages. 5.5 by 8 images.

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Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to presidents of the United States. As one from the last generation of black Americans leaders born into slavery, he was the leading voice of former slaves and their descendants. Between 1890 and 1915 Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. He was a key proponent of African-American businesses, gathering African-Americans from all classes and ranks to build its economic strength and influence. A master of political nuances in the late 19th century, he was able to leverage influence through media and financial organizations toward his long-term goal of easing the oppression of African Americans in the post-Reconstruction Southern states of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [Wikipedia]

An account of Booker T. Washington's 8 week journey through Europe. In the opening chapter, Hunting the Farthest Man Down, he highlights a number of his experiences and observations and provides an outline for the objective of the thesis of the present work. "...I was, in fact, not looking for the best," he states "but for the worst; I was hunting for the man farthest down." Having traveled to both rural and urban regions of Europe such as Copenhagen, Denmark, London and Poland, he draws comparison between the socio-economic factors of the Black American immigrants living in the South and those of the people of Europe. What he finds is a causal link, a correlation, that connects the state of labor, specifically agriculture, with the increase in immigration and the link between education and quality of life, all factors which contributed to what he calls the race problem in the United States. Included is a map that shows his route through Europe, which will undoubtedly illustrate for the reader the extent of his travels and the breadth of this undertaking.

"Most people who travel in Europe seem to me to be chiefly interested in two sorts of things: They want to see what is old, and they want to see what is dead. The regular routes of travel run through palaces, museums, art galleries, ancient ruins, monuments, churches, and grave-yards.

I have never been greatly Interested in the past, for the past Is something that you cannot change. I like the new, the unfinished and the problematic. My experience Is that the man who is interested in living things must seek them in the grime and dirt of everyday life. To be sure, the things one sees there are not always pleasant, but the people one meets are Interesting, and if they are sometimes among the worst they are also frequently among the best people in the world. At any rate, wherever there is struggle and effort there is life."

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Subject: Reference
Topic: Anthropology
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Publisher: Doubleday Page & Company
Place of Publication: New York
Year Printed: 19130000
Author: Booker T. Washington
Region: North America
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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