Booker T. Washington and the Art of Self-Representation - History of Schools and Schooling 50 (Paperback)Michael Scott Bieze (author)
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Washington produced and directed photographic images by considering region, race, and class. Initially, he crafted an image of Victorian grace as a fund-raising strategy which appealed to elite white America's belief in gradual reform. As Washington entered the last decade of his life, he gradually shifted his efforts toward speaking directly to black audiences with the support of black photographers. He shed the passive role he presented to the white world and challenged racist popular culture by visually demonstrating social and cultural equality.
Washington should be credited with not only launching the careers of several black photographers but also with establishing the early aesthetic of the "New Negro". From 1895-1915, Washington was the central figure in African American culture, supporting black artists telling black stories in the contemporary Victorian aesthetic, and showing how blacks could equal whites artistically and culturally.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 285
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 mm
Edition: New edition
"Booker T. Washington is one of the most misunderstood individuals in American history. Few people actually read his work before making judgments as to the kind of leader he was and as a result, he has been labeled an `Uncle Tom', an accommodationist, and worse. Michael Bieze has written, in my opinion, the best book on Booker T. Washington in the past 25 years. Not only is Bieze a beautiful writer but he provides a nuanced portrayal of Washington, showing how the man changed over time from someone who sometimes kowtowed to Whites to a man who took the world stage as `a social critic, a champion of the downtrodden, and a man of his people'." (Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Higher Education Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania)