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Booker T. Washington Builder of a Civilization   By: (1873-1957)

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Booker T. Washington Builder of a Civilization by Emmett J. Scott is a masterfully crafted biography that delves deep into the life and achievements of one of America's most influential figures. Scott, who himself worked closely with Washington, provides readers with an intimate and detailed perspective on the man's extraordinary journey.

From the very first pages, the author skillfully paints a vivid portrait of Washington's early life as a slave in the South. Scott's descriptions of the hardships and injustices faced by African Americans during this time are both heartbreaking and eye-opening. As readers accompany Washington on his arduous path to education and self-improvement, they are filled with admiration for his unwavering determination and unwavering belief in the power of education.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its exploration of Washington's contributions to the African American community. Scott meticulously chronicles his efforts to establish the Tuskegee Institute, a groundbreaking institution aimed at providing vocational education to black students. Through Washington's tireless work, generations of African Americans were equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for success in a post-slavery society.

Moreover, the author highlights Washington's undeniable influence on race relations in America during his time. The book sheds light on his controversial advocacy for accommodation and gradual progress, which often drew criticism from both white supremacists and more radical black leaders. Scott presents an unbiased account of the challenges Washington faced while navigating the racially charged landscapes of late 19th and early 20th century America.

What sets this biography apart is Scott's personal connection to Washington, which infuses the narrative with a sense of authenticity and sincerity. The author skillfully incorporates anecdotes from his time spent working with Washington, providing readers with unique insights into the man behind the public figure.

However, the book's only minor flaw lies in its occasionally dense prose, which may require readers to invest some effort to fully grasp the historical and sociopolitical contexts. Despite this, Scott's meticulous research and thoughtful analysis keep the narrative engaging and compelling throughout.

In conclusion, Booker T. Washington Builder of a Civilization by Emmett J. Scott is an essential read for anyone interested in the life of Booker T. Washington and the broader history of African Americans in America. Scott's heartfelt tribute to his friend and mentor showcases Washington's enduring legacy as a builder of bridges between communities and a pioneer in the fight for equality.

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Builder of a Civilization



With a Preface by Theodore Roosevelt

[Illustration: logo]

Illustrated from Photographs

Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1918

Copyright, 1916, by Doubleday, Page & Company All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

Copyright, 1916, by the Outlook Publishing Co.

[Illustration: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON]


In the passing of a character so unique as Dr. Booker T. Washington, many of us, his friends, were anxious that his biography should be written by those best qualified to do so. It is therefore a source of gratification to us of his own race to have an account of Dr. Washington's career set forth in a form at once accurate and readable, such as will inspire unborn generations of Negroes and others to love and appreciate all mankind of whatever race or color. It is especially gratifying that this biography has been prepared by the two people in all America best fitted, by antecedents and by intimate acquaintance and association with Dr. Washington, to undertake it. Mr. Lyman Beecher Stowe is the grandson of Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had a very direct influence on the abolition of slavery, and Mr... Continue reading book >>

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