Originally produced in two volumes, and published here for the first time in one paperback volume, the first part covers Africa and the history of slavery in the United States while the second part carries the history from the Civil War to the first part of the twentieth century. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery, worked menial jobs in order to acquire an education, and became the most important voice of African American interests beginning in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The Story of the Negro is valuable in part because it is full of significant information taken from hundreds of obscure sources that would be nearly impossible to assemble today.
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Washington, Booker T. Washington, Booker Taliaferro Washington noun. United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between and , Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
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Booker T. Washington was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19 century, founding Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute Now Tuskegee University in and the National Negro Business League two decades later. His infamous conflicts with Black leaders like W. Du Bois over segregation caused a stir, but today, he is remembered as the most influential African American speaker of his time.