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You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South Hardcover – December 30, 2011

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“A moving, inspirational story about an important link in the historical chain that led to the civil-rights movement and a new, more truly democratic chapter in American history.” --Kirkus Reviews


“An engaging tribute to two extraordinary men and the impact of their partnership on education in the South.” --Booklist


“Fascinating . . . In telling the story of the schools that Rosenwald and Washington created, Deutsch includes poignant vignettes about some future black leaders (such as Representative John Lewis) who received their earliest education in them.” --Weekly Standard
 
“Without agreeing with every Washington pronouncement and every [Booker T.] Washington action, Deutsch portrays him as the courageous, remarkable person he was.”--Chicago Sun-Times
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About the Author

STEPHANIE DEUTSCH is a writer and critic living in Washington, DC. She has written for The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, The Millions blog and various neighborhood newspapers.  She edited and wrote the Introduction to Capitol Hill: Beyond the Monuments, a book of photographs published in 1996 by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810127903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810127906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katy K. Bottorff on December 9, 2011
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This well-researched, inspirational account of how a friendship between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald (president of Sears in the early 1900s) led to the building of some 5,000 "Rosenwald schools" for African American children in the Southern U.S. I had never heard of a Rosenwald school before and I never expected the book to be a page-turner, but it is. I'm giving to several friends for Christmas.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Deutsch's account of the Rosenwald schools. I think I know American history well, and this story was new to me. The book is well written and maintains a clear focus on its subject. Both those qualities are welcome when I find them. I also valued the book for the way it fleshed out the character and work of Booker T. Washington. He was a complex man with great gifts and wholly dedicated to advancing African Americans in the United States. His contributions have been scanted by recent generations of scholars, and I was pleased to see him presented in a different light in this study.
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In 'You Need A Schoolhouse' Stephanie Deutsch lays bare one of the nation's most egregious moral failings enroute to presenting a vivid and compelling account of the power of the human spirit and mankind's ability to heed its better angels. This historical narrative is strenghtened by the author's familial connection with the subject matter, crisp writing style and effective use of personal letters that advance the story. Deutsch's skilful use of original correspondence and other research practically transports the reader to late 19th and early 20th Century America, providing a unique opportunity to follow the thought processes of the principals. It is not necessary to be a historian or a even a history buff to be enrapt by this highly accessible, fast moving treatment of one the country's most uplifting and relatively unknown events. The book should be required reading for anyone who needs a reminder of what makes the American experience exceptional.
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Fascinating historical account of the partnership between Rosenwald and Washington. Deutsch is a journalist by trade and it shows in the composition and organization of the book. Fact-filled, easily identified opinions (not a lot of those), and well-documented. I came to believe that Julius Rosenwald is a little recognized American hero equal in impact to Booker T. Washington in promoting the status of African Americans.
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By JHM on February 20, 2012
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Ms. Deutsch's book, while tightly focused as a narrative, is ambitious in its themes -- American philanthropy; black-white relations; and black-Jewish relations. The book makes a significant contribution in each of these areas, all the while remaining highly readable. Strongly recommended!
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Very informational as well ass interesting. I used this book as a review for a college essay and it had enough information that I didn't need to supplement my paper with things off the internet. After I was finished, Amazon let me sell it back which was a nice bonus.
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