Up from History

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-30
  • Publisher: Belknap Pr
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Since the 1960s, Martin Luther King, Jr., has personified black leadership with his use of direct action protests against white authority. A century ago, in the era of Jim Crow, Booker T. Washington pursued a different strategy to lift his people. In this compelling biography, Norrell reveals how conditions in the segregated South led Washington to call for a less contentious path to freedom and equality. He urged black people to acquire economic independence and to develop the moral character that would ultimately gain them full citizenship. Although widely accepted as the most realistic way to integrate blacks into American life during his time, Washingtonrs"s strategy has been disparaged since the 1960s.The first full-length biography of Booker T. in a generation, Up from History recreates the broad contexts in which Washington worked: He struggled against white bigots who hated his economic ambitions for blacks, African-American intellectuals like W. E. B. Du Bois who resented his huge influence, and such inconstant allies as Theodore Roosevelt. Norrell details the positive power of Washingtonrs"s vision, one that invoked hope and optimism to overcome past exploitation and present discrimination. Indeed, his ideas have since inspired peoples across the Third World that there are many ways to struggle for equality and justice. Up from History reinstates this extraordinary historical figure to the pantheon of black leaders, illuminating not only his mission and achievement but also, poignantly, the man himself.

Author Biography

Robert J. Norrell is Bernadotte Schmitt Professor of History at the University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Meaning of the Veilp. 1
The Force That Winsp. 17
The Model Communityp. 43
The Self-Made Menp. 61
The Survival of the Racep. 92
The Settlement of the Negro Problemp. 115
The Rising Peoplep. 136
The Lion and the Foxp. 160
The Train of Disfranchisementp. 185
The Leopard's Spotsp. 210
The Violence of Their Imaginationp. 238
The Warring Idealsp. 263
The Tuskegee Machinep. 288
The Assault by the Tomsp. 311
The Tragedy of Colorp. 339
The Man Farthest Downp. 359
The Leader of the Racep. 380
The Morning Comethp. 403
The Veil of Historyp. 421
Notesp. 445
Acknowledgmentsp. 485
Indexp. 487
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