Booker T. Washington and Black Progress

Booker T. Washington and Black Progress is a collection of essays by leading scholars reconsidering the import of Booker T. Washington on the occasion of the centennial of the publication of his autobiography.  Taken as a whole, the volume confirms the importance of coming to terms with Washington as one of the most influential Americans of his age.

“W. Fitzhugh Brundage has edited a timely collection of essays reexamining the politics and philosophy of Booker T. Washington. The essays are well written; all are interesting, and many are quite provocative…I share the wish of the editor and his contributors that these essays inspire further work, and I concur with them that it is time to move beyond the “‘inherited judgments’” to examine the true significance of Washington in all of his complexity.” – Cary D. Wintz, The Journal of American History

“An outstanding book. Overall, Booker T. Washington and Black Progress should provoke vigorous discussion about Up from Slavery and its controversial author. This slender book could well help to complete the reinterpretation of Washington begun nearly fifty years ago by August Meier and continued in the work of Louis Harlan.” – Anonymous, The Journal of Southern History

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