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BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

He also contributed frequent articles to the weekly journals, such as The Outlook, and to the monthly magazines, such as The Century Magazine.

He carried this phase of his leadership even further than the current press, in that he made some notable contributions to the historical literature of his race. The first book he wrote was "Up from Slavery." This is one of the greatest pieces of literature published in America. The Hon. Walter H. Page, late Ambassador to Great Britain, said: "The only books that I have read a second time or ever cared to read in the whole list (of literature relating to the negro) are 'Uncle Remus,' and 'Up from Slavery,' for these are the great literature of the subject."[1]

Believing the accomplishments of the race should be better known to his own people, Washington determined to write a history of the Negro. "The Story of the Negro—the Rise of the Race from Slavery" was the title of the book he wrote, setting forth the wonderful progress of his people.

Other books by him were, "My Larger Education," "Learning with the Hands,"—about eleven titles in all. These books are of high literary merit, and in no other way, perhaps, did Washington so definitely place himself as a leader of his people as in the realm of authorship. These books, in addition to their literary value, were of great benefit to the white race as well as to his own race, in

  1. "Up from Slavery," by Booker T. Washington, Introduction, p. xx.