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Teddy and Booker T. : how two American icons blazed a path for racial equality

Kilmeade, Brian (author.).

Summary: When President Theodore Roosevelt welcomed the country's most visible Black man, Booker T. Washington, into his circle of counselors in 1901, the two confronted a shocking and violent wave of racist outrage. In the previous decade, Jim Crow laws had legalized discrimination in the South, eroding social and economic gains for former slaves. Lynching was on the rise, and Black Americans faced new barriers to voting. Slavery had been abolished, but if newly freed citizens were condemned to lives as share croppers, how much improvement would their lives really see? Brian Kilmeade tells the story of how two wildly different Americans faced the challenge of keeping America moving toward the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation. Theodore Roosevelt was white, born into incredible wealth and privilege in New York City. Booker T. Washington was Black, born on a plantation without even a last name. But both men embodied the rugged, pioneering spirit of America. Kilmeade takes us to San Juan Hill, where Roosevelt led his Rough Riders to a thrilling victory that set the stage for a legendary presidency, and to a small town in Alabama, where Washington founded the first university for African Americans, paving the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Both men abhorred the decadence and moral rot the nation had fallen into, believed that improvement through careful collaboration was possible, and trusted that the American ideals of individual liberty and hard work could propel the neediest toward success, if only those holding them back would step aside.

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  • ISBN: 0593792629
  • ISBN: 9780593792629
  • Physical Description: xviii, 485 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2023]

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General Note:
Originally published: New York : Sentinel, 2023.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Born "Booker" -- "Teddie" grows up -- From student to teacher -- Theodore, husband, and writer -- "My life-work" -- Lessons and losses -- "Like clock work" -- Roosevelt the reformer -- The speech that echoed -- America the unready -- The Moses of his people -- A splendid little war -- The crowded hour -- Man in the middle -- The new century dawns -- Death of a president -- Guess who's coming to dinner -- The morning after -- "The negro question" -- Southern discomforts -- Winding down -- Road's end -- Postmortem.
Subject: African American intellectuals Biography
Presidents United States Biography
United States Race relations 20th century
Washington, Booker T 1856-1915 Influence
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919 Influence
Genre: Large print books.

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