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Black History Classic 4 Book Pack
Black History Classic 4 Book Pack
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Product Code: OB0640

• The Souls of Black Folk, By W.E.B. DuBois
• Great Speeches of African Americans, By James Daley
• Up From Slavery, By Booker T. Washington
• Narrative of Sojourner Truth, By Sojourner Truth

The Souls of Black Folk
By W.E.B. DuBois and (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois)
This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E.
B. Du Bois (1868-1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program
that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection
of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is
beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong
inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to
white supremacy advanced by Booker T. Washington, then the most influential
black leader in America, would only serve to perpetuate black oppression.
Publication of The Souls of Black Folk was a dramatic event that helped to
polarize black leaders into two groups: the more conservative followers of
Washington and the more radical supporters of aggressive protest. Its influence
cannot be overstated. It is essential reading for everyone interested in
African-American history and the struggle for civil rights in America.

Great Speeches of African Americans: Frederick Douglas
By James Daley

Tracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries, this
anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W. E. B. Du
Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other influential figures in the history of
African-American culture and politics.
The collection begins with Henry Highland Garnet's 1843 "An Address to the
Slaves of the United States of America," followed by Jermain Wesley Loguen's "I
Am a Fugitive Slave," the famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech by Sojourner Truth,
and Frederick Douglass's immortal "What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?"
Subsequent orators include John Sweat Rock, John M. Langston, James T. Rapier,
Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B.
Wells-Barnett, Francis J. Grimké, Marcus Garvey, and Mary McLeod Bethune.
Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s "I Have a Dream" speech appears here, along with
Malcolm X's "The Ballot or The Bullet," Shirley Chisholm's "The Black Woman in
Contemporary America," "The Constitution: A Living Document" by Thurgood
Marshall, and Barack Obama's "Knox College Commencement Address." Includes 2
selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "I Have a Dream" and
"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

Up From Slavery
By Booker T. Washington
Born in a Virginia slave hut, Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) rose to become
the most influential spokesman for African-Americans of his day. In this
eloquently written book, he describes events in a remarkable life that began in
bondage and culminated in worldwide recognition for his many accomplishments. In
simply written yet stirring passages, he tells of his impoverished childhood and
youth, the unrelenting struggle for an education, early teaching assignments,
his selection in 1881 to head Tuskegee Institute, and more.

A firm believer in the value of education as the best route to advancement,
Washington disapproved of civil-rights agitation and in so doing earned the
opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet, he is today regarded as a major
figure in the struggle for equal rights, one who founded a number of
organizations to further the cause and who worked tirelessly to educate and
unite African-Americans.

“This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents
in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook. While they were
appearing in that magazine I was constantly surprised at the number of requests
which came to me from all parts of the country, asking that the articles be
permanently preserved in book form. I am most grateful to the Outlook for
permission to gratify these requests.”

Narrative of Sojourner Truth
By Sojourner Truth
One of the most famous and admired African-American women in U.S. history,
Sojourner Truth sang, preached, and debated at camp meetings across the country,
led by her devotion to the antislavery movement and her ardent pursuit of
women's rights. Born into slavery in 1797, Truth fled from bondage some 30 years
later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements reshaping
American society.
This remarkable narrative, first published in 1850, offers a rare glimpse into
the little-documented world of Northern slavery. Truth recounts her life as a
slave in rural New York, her separation from her family, her religious
conversion, and her life as a traveling preacher during the 1840s. She also
describes her work as a social reformer, counselor of former slaves, and sponsor
of a black migration to the West.
A spellbinding orator and implacable prophet, Truth mesmerized audiences with
her tales of life in bondage and with her moving renditions of Methodist hymns
and her own songs. Frederick Douglass described her message as a "strange
compound of wit and wisdom, of wild enthusiasm, and flint-like common sense."
This inspiring account of a black woman's struggles for racial and sexual
equality is essential reading for students of American history, as well as for
those interested in the continuing quest for equality of opportunity.

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