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Since the 1960s, many historians have condemned Booker T. Washington as a problematic, even negative, influence on African American progress. This attitude dramatically contrasts with the nationwide outpouring of grief and reverence that followed Washington's death in 1915. Kenneth M. Hamilton describes how, when, where, and why Americans commemorated the life of Booker T. Washington. For months following his death, tens of thousands of Americans, especially blacks, honored his memory. Their memorials revealed that Washington enjoyed widespread national support for his vision of America and the programs that he imparted to achieve his aspirations. Their actions and articulations provide rich insight into how a cross section of Washington's contemporaries viewed him. From private messages of solace to public pronouncements, countless Americans portrayed him as a revered national icon. Among other characteristics, commemorates voiced their appreciation of his humanitarianism, humility, nationalism, perseverance, philanthropy, progressivism, spirituality, and wisdom. Washington was the leading advocate of the Yankee Protestantism Ethic, which promoted education, and personal qualities such as pragmatism, perseverance, cleanliness, thrift, and the dignity of labor among African Americans.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. “A Great Man Fallen”: The Immediate Death Notices
  2. pp. 14-37
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  1. 2. A Symbol of America: Obituaries and Other Published Memorials
  2. pp. 38-68
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  1. 3. “Taps”: The Funeral in Tuskegee
  2. pp. 69-95
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  1. 4. “A Debt of Gratitude”: Tributes across the Nation
  2. pp. 96-124
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  1. 5. “Sermon Tonight on Booker T. Washington”: Months of Commemorations and Eulogies
  2. pp. 125-153
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  1. 6. Gone but Not Forgotten: Eulogies and the Sanctification of Washington
  2. pp. 154-188
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-254
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  1. Illustrations
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252099229
Related ISBN
9780252040771
MARC Record
OCLC
959667277
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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