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The Future of the American Negro
In giving this volume to the public, I deem it fair to say that I have yielded to the oft-repeated requests that I put in some more definite and permanent form the ideas regarding the Negro and his future which I have expressed many times on the public platform and through the public press and magazines. I make grateful acknowledgment to the "Atlantic Monthly" and "Appleton's Popular Science Monthly" for their kindness in granting permission for the use of some part of articles which I have at various times contributed to their columns. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON. Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., October 1, 1899. [Pg vii] Chapter I.Page 3 Chapter II.Page 16 Chapter III.Page 42 [Pg viii]Chapter IV.Page 67 Chapter V.Page 106 [Pg ix]Chapter VI.Page 127 Chapter VII.Page 157 Chapter VIII.Page 200 [Pg 3] In this volume I shall not attempt to give the origin and history of the Negro race either in Africa or in America. My attempt is to deal only with conditions that now exist and bear a relation to the Negro in America and that are likely to exist in the future. In discussing the Negro, it is always to be borne in mind that, unlike all the other inhabitants of America, he came here without his own consent; in fact, was compelled to leave his own country and become a part of another through physical force. It should also be borne in mind, in our efforts to change and improve the present condition of the Negro, that we are dealing with a race which had little necessity to labour in its native country. After being brought to America, the Negroes were forced to labour for about 250 years under circumstances which were calculated not to[Pg 4] inspire them with love and respect for labour. This constitutes a part of the reason why I insist that it is necessary to emphasise the matter of industrial education as a means of giving the black man the foundation of a civilisation upon which he will grow and prosper. When I speak of industrial education, however, I wish it always understood that I mean, as did General Armstrong, the founder of the Hampton Institute, for thorough academic and religious training to go side by side with industrial training. Mere training of the hand without the culture of brain and heart would mean little. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 26507
Author: Washington, Booker T.
Release Date: Sep 2, 2008
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