"LET US AS A RACE RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT WE ARE A PART OF A GREAT NATION WHICH WE ARE BOUND TO SERVE": FIRST EDITION OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S PUTTING THE MOST INTO LIFE, 1906
WASHINGTON, Booker T. Putting the Most Into Life. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1906. Slim octavo, original gilt-stamped red cloth; pp. 36.
First edition of this inspiring collection of Sunday Evening Talks by Booker T. Washington held at the Tuskegee Institute.
Educator, author, and presidential adviser Booker T. Washington developed a national reputation in the post-Reconstruction era as a proponent of racial uplift. Based at the Tuskegee Institute, Washington believed that the best way to achieve racial progress was through educating the young Black community. "In spite of Washington's national fame… Tuskegee never ceased to be his base of operations and the enterprise to which he devoted most of his time" (ANB). Each Sunday evening, Washington offered a talk to his students, usually focusing on character building as a means of achieving greater liberation in America. This collection of his talks features pieces on health, successful school life, advice to teachers, industrial efficiency, religion, and integrating racial life with national citizenship. Thus, Putting the Most Into Life offers a warm and personal glimpse into the beliefs of one of America's most famous Black leaders.
Interior generally fine, only light wear and soiling to cloth, small closed tear to cloth on front board, gilt bright. An extremely good copy.