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    Booker T. Washington. The Future of the American Negro. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1899. First edition, first printing from the press of George H. Ellis, Boston. Inscribed by Washington on the front pastedown, "To Mr. Clarence M. Hyde, from Booker T. Washington, May 6, 1909." Octavo (7.50 x 4.75 inches; 191 x 121 mm). [i-vi], vii-x, 3-244 pages (about half of the pages uncut). Frontispiece photograph of Washington. In original red cloth binding with gilt lettering (in glassine wrapper), top edge gilt. Minor toning and wear throughout. Near fine.

    Written approximately 20 years after Washington helped found Tuskegee University, The Future of the American Negro was his first major publication, preceding his autobiography, Up from Slavery, by two years. In this important work, the American educator Washington outlines his ideas concerning the history of enslaved and freed African-Americans and their need for education to advance themselves. Washington refers to the importance of "industrial education," that is, learning the necessities to become a valuable member if society as well as being able to apply this kind of knowledge to industrial business. Washington proudly refers often to Tuskegee, which he claimed was "placing men and women of intelligence, religion, modesty, conscience, and skill in every community in the South."

    A near fine copy of one of the most significant works in the history of civil rights in the United States.

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