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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Africa World Press; 1990 Africa World Press Inc ed edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086543171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865431713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition of Carter G. Woodson's classic, "The Mis-Education of the Negro," is newly and professionally laid out (as opposed to a facsimile edition). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Woodson (1875-1950), African American historian and educator, was the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. He was the author of more than 16 books, and the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin.

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The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community.
P. A Lewis
Woodson's book is considered a classic that makes many points which are still relevant.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By P. A Lewis on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
While reading this book so many things that Cater G. Woodson said back in the 1930's are still going on and are true today. For example, blacks who invest so much faith in the wrong community/political leaders, blacks religious leaders who drive their big expensive cars and give the wrong message to our people and how blacks will not buy from other blacks because they don't want to see him/her get ahead in their own community. Also knowing how blacks have problems taking orders from other blacks in supervisory position.
The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community. We as black americans need to stop looking to white people for our solutions, because we already have the solutions to many of our problems. And last of all we should stop hating one another and start appreciating the great ideals in our community. What makes this book so great is that it shines the spotlight on what is wrong in the black community, but also on ways of how to fix the things that are wrong in the community concerning education, poverty, job creation, business creation and self sufficiency.
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174 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Trabian on January 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was written 60 years ago but 75% of it is amazingly relevant today! Dr. Carter G. Woodson is the historian who created Negro History Week which became Black History Month.
The most memorable qualities of this book are that it teaches the power of education. It illustrates how an improper education makes a people unfit to solve their own problems AND how a proper education leads to freedom. Read this. It could save your life.
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316 of 352 people found the following review helpful By Bakari Chavanu on October 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book ought to be required reading for every teacher, educator, administrator, and parents who intereact with children of African descent. Woodson's work helps us understand that African peoples are truely mis-educated. We largely receive an Eurocentric or White middle class, elitist education that by and large does not serve the needs of our communities. This mis-education creates a serious identity crisis on the part of African youth and it causes many Black "educated" middle class people to spend more time trying to reach the consumer American Dream rather than working toward a real self-determination agenda of African peoples. Thus it's of little suprise today that most African students never enroll in a course on African/African-American studies. In fact, these courses are becoming more rare in high school and colleges across the nation. Even with the current renaissance of Black literature in this country, the study of African/Black culture, politics, and spiritual life are rarely discussed. In Woodson's words: "Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better, but the instruction so far given Negroes [and still today] in colleges and universities [and elementary and secondary schools] has worked to the contrary. In most cases such graduates have merely increased the number of malcontents who offer no program for changing the undesiriable conditions about which they complain. " Woodson's book is clearly not out-dated. In fact, it reads as if it were published last year, instead of 1933. I would like to close this response to Woodson's work with another classic quote from him: "If you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action.Read more ›
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107 of 122 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in 1992 for a Black Studies program while attending SUNY New Paltz. Woodson's knowledge is as poignant today as it was in the 30's when he originally wrote the material. It is one book that post-reading, the reader comes away with a totally different perspective of Black thought. I highly recommend this book to every American, but especially to scholars interested in the historical disparities in U.S. educational system as it relates to African/Latino Americans today. Mis-Education of the Negro is a treasured classic within the pages of written history. Without this book, a large "chunk" of the puzzle concerning contemporary affirmative action policy debates would be amiss. Woodson offers much needed answers & solutions and encapsulates them in a style that is still very much relevant today. No doubt, 5 stars across the board!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Vernon D. Lloyd on April 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mr. Woodson speaks in an almost prophetic tone in this masterful work. This book spoke as a warning in 1933 and it speaks now as a witness to what happens when a people, in general, does not cultivate its own fundamental and progressive thoughts. Mr. Woodson challenges the minds of both the miseducated and the miseducators to move in new directions. I recommend this book as one to be read by everyone at least once in a lifetime.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on May 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Before picking this book up to read I was aware of the knowledge I needed on African American's in the Education system. After reading it I felt empowered and sad. Empowered because now I had a little more knowledge and saddened because now I know what was kept from me all my school years. It amazes me how we were not taught any of our history not even in college. It also amazes me how people got away with not educating us.
Dr. Carter shows us how 30 years ago the system was designed to keep us ignorant and as experiments. Quote from Dr. Woodson "Negroes, being objects of charity, have received them cordially and have done what they were required." To this day they are still using the same system but I think we are smarter now and know where the resources are to get what we need.
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