Tuskegee. Its Story and Its Work.
Amply illustrated overview of the history and educational and vocational programs at Tuskegee Institute (HBCU), including an introduction by Booker T. Washington (1856?–1915), the school’s first principal. The book was written by white journalist from New Hampshire, Max Bennett Thrasher (1860–1903), who subsequently was the ghost writer for Washington’s celebrated autobiography, Up from Slavery (1901).
“Thrasher wrote to Washington suggesting a cover design showing the [Tuskegee Institute’s] Trades Building with students finishing the roof while local farmers pulled up to the building. However, he wondered whether Washington would ‘think it advisable to put the picture of two such rough looking colored men on the cover.’ The answer is found in the final design—an Arts and Crafts silhouette of a grand building at sunset with no men at all, especially the actual ‘primitive.’”¹
Description: Tuskegee. Its Story and Its Work.
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1900. 215pp. First Edition. 7½ x 5 inches. Publisher’s pictorial trade cloth bookbinding, without dust jacket; all edges tinted yellow. Illus. with numerous halftones from original photographs. Ownership stamp on free, front endpaper. Some faint staining to edges of covers and to endpapers; very good.
Work p426. Note. 1. Bieze, Booker T. Washington and the Art of Self-Representation (New York, 2008), pp88–89.