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[Transcriber's Note: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including obsolete and variant spellings and other inconsistencies. Text that has been changed to correct an obvious error is noted at the end of this ebook.]

THE UPWARD PATH

A READER FOR COLORED CHILDREN

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT R. MOTON PRINCIPAL OF TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE

COMPILED BY MYRON T. PRITCHARD PRINCIPAL, EVERETT SCHOOL, BOSTON

AND

MARY WHITE OVINGTON CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE, INC.

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[Illustration: The Boy and the Bayonet]

FOREWORD

To the present time, there has been no collection of stories and poems by Negro writers, which colored children could read with interest and pleasure and in which they could find a mirror of the traditions and aspirations of their race. Realizing this lack, Myron T. Pritchard, Principal of the Everett School, Boston, and Mary White Ovington, Chairman of the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, have brought together poems, stories, sketches and addresses which bear eloquent testimony to the richness of the literary product of our Negro writers. It is the hope that this little book will find a large welcome in all sections of the country and will bring good cheer and encouragement to the young readers who have so largely the fortunes of their race in their own hands.

The editors desire to express thanks to the authors who have generously granted the use of their work. Especial acknowledgement is due to Mrs. Booker T. Washington for the selection from Up from Slavery ; to The Crisis for "The Rondeau," by Jessie Fauset, "The Brave Son," by Alston W. Burleigh, "The Black Fairy," by Fenton Johnson, "The Children at Easter," by C. Emily Frazier, "His Motto," by Lottie B. Dixon, "Negro Soldiers," by Roscoe C. Jamison, "A Legend of the Blue Jay," by Ruth Anna Fisher; to the American Book Company for "The Dog and the Clever Rabbit," from Animal Tales , by A. O. Stafford; to Frederick A. Stokes and Company for "A Negro Explorer at the North Pole," by Matthew A. Henson; to A. C. McClurg and Company for the selection from Souls of Black Folk , by W. E. B. DuBois; to Henry Holt and Company for the selection from The Negro , by W. E. B. DuBois; to the Cornhill Company for the selections from The Band of Gideon , by Joseph F. Cotter, Jr., and The Menace of the South , by William J. Edwards; to Dodd, Mead and Company for "Ere Sleep Comes Down" and the "Boy and the Bayonet" (copyright 1907), by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

CONTENTS

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THE BOY AND THE BAYONET Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 BEGINNINGS OF A MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL William H. Holtzclaw 13 UP FROM SLAVERY Booker T. Washington 15 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON William H. Holtzclaw 20 ANNA MARGARET Augusta Bird 22 CHARITY H. Cordelia Ray 28 MY FIRST SCHOOL W. E. B. DuBois 29 ERE SLEEP COMES DOWN Paul Laurence Dunbar 38 THE LAND OF LAUGHTER Angelina W. Grimke 40 THE WEB OF CIRCUMSTANCE Charles W. Chesnutt 47 IS THE GAME WORTH THE CANDLE? James E. Shepard 48 O BLACK AND UNKNOWN BARDS James Weldon Johnson 54 THE GREATEST MENACE OF THE SOUTH William J. Edwards 56 THE ENCHANTED SHELL H. Cordelia Ray 63 BEHIND A GEORGIA MULE James Weldon Johnson 66 HAYTI AND TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE W... Continue reading book >>




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