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Rockntractor
06-30-2012, 11:17 PM
In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man - and former slave - sent shock waves through the nation. Although African Americans had helped build the White House and had worked for most of the presidents, not a single one had ever been invited to dine there. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America's greatest men.

In this smart, accessible narrative, one seemingly ordinary dinner becomes a window onto post-Civil War American history and politics, and onto the lives of two dynamic men whose experiences and philosophies connect in unexpected ways. Deborah Davis also introduces dozens of other fascinating figures who have previously occupied the margins and footnotes of history, creating a lively and vastly entertaining book that reconfirms her place as one of our most talented popular historians.

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I like Booker T. a brilliant man mostly forgotten by black people and history alike, he was a positive person that built things up rather than tear things down which makes him of little interest to people today.

Retread
06-30-2012, 11:57 PM
More and more the oddity of time - Booker T Washington was one of the first names I learned about in history and it was sometime early in grade school - in a segregated all-white district.

Novaheart
07-01-2012, 09:09 AM
More and more the oddity of time - Booker T Washington was one of the first names I learned about in history and it was sometime early in grade school - in a segregated all-white district.

I'm 50-something and started school in a rural segregated community. George Washington Carver and Booker T Washington were in our curriculum.

Lies told about my education:

Blacks were excluded from my education- no they weren't.

I was taught that North America was an empty continent when "the Europeans arrived". - No I wasn't.

I was taught that Indians were savages. - no, if anything they were portrayed in a light more positive than their reality.

Retread
07-01-2012, 04:32 PM
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Lies told about my education:

Blacks were excluded from my education- no they weren't.

I was taught that North America was an empty continent when "the Europeans arrived". - No I wasn't.

I was taught that Indians were savages. - no, if anything they were portrayed in a light more positive than their reality.

Who is telling these lies?

Novaheart
07-01-2012, 05:29 PM
Who is telling these lies?

Blacks, American Indian Movement (communist American Indians), and Mexicans mostly. Naturally, there is a posse of stupid guilty WASPs who call themselves "academics" who agree with and promote that bullshit.

Retread
07-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Certainly didn't describe my edumacation......

We had Indians in the classroom being in OK. I was well acquainted with one adult black from the time I was 10 or so (officer on the local police force with Dad). Too much agriculture around there, especially peanuts, not to know about Mr. Carver.

Zeus
07-02-2012, 09:02 PM
George Washington Carver , Booker T Washington and Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Aka Frederick Douglass.