Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, 2009
As a child born into slavery on a small Virginia plantation, Booker T. Washington was made to carry books for the plantation owner's children when they walked to school. His dedication to education began there. "I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study in this way would be about the same as getting into paradise," he wrote in his autobiography.
Washington faced difficult circumstances to obtain his education and then went on to help establish the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, a school for blacks in the midst of the Deep South.
Booker T. Washington and Education uses accessible language and meaningful illustrations to draw readers into Washington's incredible story - his life on the plantation and struggles to survive after the Civil War, his influences, mentors and detractors; and the challenges Washington faced as a pioneering educator trying to improve opportunities for African Americans.
Also includes a glossary, chronology, a thorough index and bibliographies.
"'Studying this past and understanding how it contributes to present-day dialogues about race and history in America is a critical component of contemporary education,' states the forward of the Lucent Library of Black History. Each volume focuses on one aspect of African American experience and history that has helped shape American society and inform its citizens' attitudes and beliefs about African Americans. Each volume includes black and white illustrations and photos, a relevant chronology, and an index."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, June 2008
Price: US $34.80