Who Was Booker T. Washington? (Who Was?)

by James Buckley (Author) Jake Murray (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
Learn how a slave became one of the leading influential African American intellectuals of the late 19th century.

African American educator, author, speaker, and advisor to presidents of the United States, Booker Taliaferro Washington was the leading voice of former slaves and their descendants during the late 1800s. As part of the last generation of leaders born into slavery, Booker believed that blacks could better progress in society through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to directly challenge the Jim Crow segregation. After hearing the Emancipation Proclamation and realizing he was free, young Booker decided to make learning his life. He taught himself to read and write, pursued a formal education, and went on to found the Tuskegee Institute--a black school in Alabama--with the goal of building the community's economic strength and pride. The institute still exists and is home to famous alumnae like scientist George Washington Carver.
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Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448488516
Lexile Measure
930
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
February 06, 2018
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF053140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Prejudice & Racism
JNF007000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | General
JNF050000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
United States
Washington, Booker T.
Educators

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