Uncle Tom or New Negro?: African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and 'Up from Slavery' 100 Years Later

  • by Rebecca Carroll
  • Narrated by Rodney Gardiner
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the 90th anniversary of Booker T. Washington's death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery.
Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established the Tuskegee Institute. Befriended by a U.S. president and corporate titans, beloved and reviled by the black community, Washington was one of the most influential voices on the postslavery scene. But Washington's message of gradual accommodation was accepted by some and rejected by others, and, almost a century after his death, he is still one of the most controversial and misunderstood characters in American history.
Uncle Tom or New Negro? does much more than provide yet another critical edition of Washington's memoirs. Instead, Carroll has interviewed an outstanding array of African American luminaries including Julianne Malveaux, cultural critics Debra Dickerson and John McWhorter, and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and radio talk-show host Karen Hunter, among others. In a dazzling collection bursting with invigorating and varying perspectives, (e.g. What would Booker T. think of Sean Combs or Russell Simmons? Was Washington a "tragic buffoon" or "a giver of hope to those on the margins of the margins"?) this cutting-edge book allows you to reach your own conclusions about a controversial and perhaps ultimately enigmatic figure.

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Timely advice with valuable commentary

I've been a fan of Professor Washington for some time without ever truly read his works. His story of building up himself and Tuskegee is impressive. I had a few friends who are Tuskegee alumni and they are impressive professionally.

I'm also aware of his negative reputation and how he is often juxtaposed with Dr. DuBois. It's this false dichotomy that has been the reason we don't know enough about Washington's efforts and advice. This book attempts to offer both sides and a middle to the discussion.

I suggest starting with Up from Slavery then coming back for the commentaries. The narrator does a wonderful job as well.
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- Amazon Customer

So Educational!!!

This book gave me a new look at Booker T. Washington. I am so pleased to have you learn about his struggle and his many accomplishments. Thank you Mr. Washington for paving the way for so many.
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- ayodele higgs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios