The legendary battle of ideas between booker t washington and w e b du bois at the dawn of the 20th century was also a battle over masks: should we seem humble and modest or prideful and outraged this “mask war” was vicious because group masks are mutually exclusive each nullifies the other can’t be humble and outraged at the same time. The details of mr washington's early life, as frankly set down in up from slavery, do not give quite a whole view of his education he had the training that a coloured youth receives at hampton, which, indeed, the autobiography does explain. Booker t washington, in full booker taliaferro washington, (born april 5, 1856, franklin county, virginia, us—died november 14, 1915, tuskegee, alabama), educator and reformer, first president and principal developer of tuskegee normal and industrial institute (now tuskegee university), and the most influential spokesman for black americans between 1895 and 1915.
Booker t washington proved to have much better insights than du bois about improving people’s lives, especially the poorest among us washington understood that dramatic progress can be achieved, even in a hostile political environment, if individuals educate themselves, work hard and produce things other people want. Washington's correspondence, which was later published in the 14-volume booker t washington papers, reveals that he was furious with webber's numerous errors and casual tone when he saw the work in print, in the 1901 edition of his story reproduced here, washington corrected the most egregious errors he also removed webber's picture from the book and his name from the index. Find the story of my life and work by washington, booker t at biblio uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.
In turn, samuel armstrong, the founder of hampton institute, took up his work as a trainer of youth he had very raw material, and doubtless most of his pupils failed to get the greatest lessons from him but, as he had been a peculiarly receptive pupil of dr hopkins, so booker washington became a peculiarly receptive pupil of his. Booker t washington was an african-american educator and author who was considered the most influential figure in the african-american community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries washington, who was born into slavery, promoted peaceful protest. Across the landscape of the most anguished era of american race relations (1895-1915) strode the self-assured and influential booker t washington.