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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Imagine with me, if you will, what it was like to be a black person of note at the beginning of the twentieth century. The early 1900s was a (particularly) tough time for Negroes, famous or nameless. It was an era when the only acceptable...

1. Which Treats the New Century in the New Nation & a Couple of Movers & Shakers Who Shake & Move It

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pp. 1-5

2. Which Treats of the Station in Life & the Pursuits of the Famous Colored Gentleman, Booker T. Washington, & His Sally to Break Bread with President Theodore Roosevelt TR, & That Meal’s Aftermath

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pp. 6-17

Interlude 1

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pp. 18-20

3. Which Treats of “The Great Negro Educator’s” Sally along the Avenue; Frederick Douglass

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pp. 21-28

Interlude 2

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pp. 29-33

4. Wherein Are Related Matters Trifling & Historic, Lame-Brained & Etymological, Relating to Jim Crow & His Formidable Rise

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pp. 34-40

Interlude 3

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pp. 41-44

5. Which Treats of the Last Stop of the Montgomery & West Point Railroad before BT’s Return to Tuskegee, & Philosophical/Political Musings on Music & Time Travel

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pp. 45-50

Interlude 4

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pp. 51-57

Interlude 5

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pp. 58-67

Interlude 6

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pp. 68-71

6. Which Treats of George Washington Carver (1864–1943, Inventor, Tuskegee Professor); Invent, Inventor, Inventing & Polaris

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pp. 72-75

Interlude 7

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pp. 76-91

Interlude 8

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pp. 92-96

7. Of the Migration Blues, Ship of Fools & State, & Moving on Up with Moving on Up

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pp. 97-101

Interlude 9

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pp. 102-104

8. Of a Booker T. Ditty, & an Imagined Want Ad

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pp. 105-106

9. In Which Is Related the Unfortunate Adventure That Befalls Booker T. When He Encounters Certain Wicked Upstarts in Boston

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pp. 107-118

Interlude 10

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pp. 119-120

10. On Niagara Falls, Brownsville, Atlanta, & Newton’s 3rd Revisited, TIP & TILT

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pp. 121-125

11. Flashback c. 1903. Which treats of Hollywood’s 1st flicker; Seeking Freedom; Opposites Attracting; Fair Usage; Uncle Tom; Syncretism; & Attempted Unions

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pp. 126-128

12. Of Use, Used; The Clansman; Interacting Entities & Denial of Influences; Berlin; Picasso; Abbott & Costello; & the Loas Showing Up

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pp. 129-134

Interlude 11

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pp. 135-138

13. 1909. An Arctic Episode in Which Is Related the Frigid Adventure of Matthew Henson When, in the Era of White Hopes, He Stands on Top of the World. & in Which Mr. Johnson Meets Mr. Burns under the Sharp Eye & Pen of Mr. London

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pp. 139-142

14. Of What Happens (in a Tuskegee Senior’s Daydreams) When the Galveston Stevedore Meets the Tuskegee Wizard

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pp. 143-149

15. 1909–1910. Treats of the Blues, Black Movies, & NAACP Coming into Focus as Whitefolks Act Ugly, Puff, Pow

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pp. 150-153

16. In Which Is Related the Unfortunate Adventure That Befalls Mr. Jeffries When He Encounters 2-Fisted Mr. Johnson . . . & Other Unlooked-for Happenings

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pp. 154-162

17. 1912–1914. In Which Woodrow Wilson, Jack Johnson, & James Reese Europe Figure . . . & Other Unsought Happenings

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pp. 163-167

18. 1913–1914. In Which the Smart Money Was Still Not in Coon Futures . . . William Monroe Trotter Confronts Woodrow Wilson, & Other Unpleasant Matters That Deserve to Be Recorded

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pp. 168-169

19. Of D. W. Griffith

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pp. 170-172

20. Which Treats, circa 1911, of Trust & Fulfillment, & the First Sally that Booker T. Takes to View the Ingenious Work of D.W.

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pp. 173-179

21. Of Potential, Energy, Counterweight, Counterbalance, Elevator, & Booker T. Going Up the Shaft & Down Again

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pp. 180-187

22. Which Treats of the Stations in Life & Pursuits of the Famous Southern Gentlemen, Masters Griffith & Dixon, & of What Happens When They Sally Forth in Their Twin Tiltings Against the Windmills Obstructing Their U-turn to & Recapturing of Their Imagine

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pp. 188-199

23. Of What Happens When Birth of a Nation Comes to Tuskegee

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pp. 200-219

24. Wherein Is Related the Rush of Defenders to Griffith’s Defense . . . Along with Other Events to Do with Mr. Mayer

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pp. 220-224

25. Is Devoted to a Description of BT’s Final Sally; His Homecoming, His Last Encounter with His Arch Nemesis, & His Last Considerations & Reconsiderations

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pp. 225-235

Interlude 12

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pp. 236-238

Interlude 13

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pp. 239-242

26. Of Eulogies, in Which Mrs. Wells & Mr. Du Bois Have the Final Word

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pp. 243-244

After Words

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pp. 245-246