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Booker T. Washington : Volume 2: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 - Louis R. Harlan

Booker T. Washington

Volume 2: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915

Paperback Published: 4th December 1986
ISBN: 9780195042290
Number Of Pages: 562

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The first volume of Louis R. Harlan's biography of Booker T. Washington was published to wide acclaim and won the 1973 Bancroft Prize. This, the second volume, completes one of the most significant biographies of this generation.
Booker T. Washington was the most powerful black American of his time, and here he is captured at his zenith. Harlan reveals Washington's complex personality--in sharp contrast to his public demeanor, he was a ruthless power borker whose nod or frown could determine the careers of blacks in politics, education, and business.
Harlan chronicles the challenge Washington faced from W.E.B. Du Bois and other blacks, and shows how growing opposition forced him to change his methods of leadership just before his death in 1915.
Also available: Volume 1, $10.95k, 501915-6, 394 pp., plates

"One of the most important biographies of our time....With this long-awaited second (and final) volume...Harlan has written the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington....He brings to life a man of enormous complexity, an enigmatic figure who offends our era's sensibilities and refuses to meet our preconceived notions of how a great leader should behave."--Washington Post Book World "From every standpoint a tour de force....Harlan's study of the Wizard of Tuskegee is in every respect definitive--a model of the demanding art of biography."--American Historical Review "A major contribution to black history."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly "A superb work of scholarship....To meet the challenge of a subject as complex, difficult and treacherous as Washington calls for a biographical talent of a high order. Mr. Harlan's writing displays all the necessary skills and art...[He] deserves honors for his remarkable achievement."--C. Vann Woodward, The New York Times Book Review "A magnificent biography....[Harlan] throws into relief the man, his era--and the larger problem of pragmatic temporizing in the face of racial injustice."--Newsweek "The best biography of an Afro-American....Combining sympathy and critical detachment with a sure eye for complexity and ambiguity, Harlan has used his unparalleled knowledge of the Washington papers to dismantle the wall of circumlocution, indirection, and masked purpose with which Washington surrounded himself and to probe deeply the multiple facets of his very active life."--Journal of Southern History "Harlan does a masterful job of unmasking his complex subject within the context of the social forces that shaped him."--Journal of American History "A brilliant completion of what will stand as the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington."--Herbert Shapiro, University of Cincinnati "One of the most important biographies of our time....With this long-awaited second (and final) volume...Harlan has written the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington....He brings to life a man of enormous complexity, an enigmatic figure who offends our era's sensibilities and refuses to meet our preconceived notions of how a great leader should behave."--Washington Post Book World "From every standpoint a tour de force....Harlan's study of the Wizard of Tuskegee is in every respect definitive--a model of the demanding art of biography."--American Historical Review "A major contribution to black history."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly "A superb work of scholarship....To meet the challenge of a subject as complex, difficult and treacherous as Washington calls for a biographical talent of a high order. Mr. Harlan's writing displays all the necessary skills and art...[He] deserves honors for his remarkable achievement."--C. Vann Woodward, The New York Times Book Review "A magnificent biography....[Harlan] throws into relief the man, his era--and the larger problem of pragmatic temporizing in the face of racial injustice."--Newsweek "The best biography of an Afro-American....Combining sympathy and critical detachment with a sure eye for complexity and ambiguity, Harlan has used his unparalleled knowledge of the Washington papers to dismantle the wall of circumlocution, indirection, and masked purpose with which Washington surrounded himself and to probe deeply the multiple facets of his very active life."--Journal of Southern History "Harlan does a masterful job of unmasking his complex subject within the context of the social forces that shaped him."--Journal of American History "A brilliant completion of what will stand as the definitive biography of Booker T. Washington."--Herbert Shapiro, University of Cincinnati

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Partners of Convenience: Washington and Rooseveltp. 3
Black Intellectuals and the Boston Riotp. 32
Conference at Carnegie Hallp. 63
Damming Niagarap. 84
Family Mattersp. 107
Other People's Moneyp. 128
Tuskegee's Peoplep. 143
Other People's Schoolsp. 174
Up from Serfdomp. 202
a White Man's Countryp. 238
Provincial Man of the Worldp. 266
Atlanta and Brownsvillep. 295
Brownsville Ghoulsp. 323
Black Politics in the Taft Erap. 338
Washington and the Rise of the Naacpp. 359
Night of Violencep. 379
Outside Looking Inp. 405
Gonna Lay Down My Burdenp. 438
Notesp. 459
Indexp. 529
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ISBN: 9780195042290
ISBN-10: 0195042298
Series: Oxford Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 562
Published: 4th December 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.29 x 14.22  x 3.53
Weight (kg): 0.73