The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations

The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations

The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations

The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations

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Before the present hawking of iconic images of the latest flavor in perishable celebrity; before the virtues of nonviolent passivity were uncoupled from the obligations of nonviolent resistance in the rush to enshrine Martin Luther King as an abstraction that all Americans are presumed to worship; before the letter "X" was transformed from the mysteriousness of that which is long gone into just another bit of merchandise; before culture and lifestyle and politics became synonymous, each and all commodities neatly organized and readily available for convenient browsing; before all that, a similarly conceived artifact from the dawn of mass-market selling enjoyed its own extended vogue. This was a piece of business called The Booker T. Washington Calendar. Years and decades after Washington's death, the scattering to the winds of the lesser parts of his great Tuskegee Machine, and the falling out of favor of his educational phi-

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