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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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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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing is a satisfying and absorbing second act for me after years at home raising three children. I followed my interest in biography to study the life of my husband's great grandfather, Julius Rosenwald, which led me to a newfound passion for Booker T. Washington and African American history. I knew very little about either but study and, especially, my many visits with graduates of Rosenwald schools and travels in the South have taught me a lot. Besides speaking often about "You Need a Schoolhouse," I am now working on a new book about the thousand men and women who received fellowships from the Rosenwald Fund. They are an amazing group -- from Marian Anderson to Langston Hughes to Zora Neale Hurston to Woody Guthrie. I'm not kidding. Can't wait to learn more about them and to try to pull together a coherent narrative telling how the Rosenwald Fund facilitated their enormous contributions to our country and culture. My children are now grown and I am the happy and proud grandmother of two grandsons. One is named Leon after my father. The other is Julius. In this wonderful, global community in which we live, he is named after his great-great-great grandfather, Julius Rosenwald, and, because his parents met in Tanzania, also for Julius Nyrere.

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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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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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This book was a real eye-opener, about a period of history (and fascinating personalities) about which I previously knew little. My discomfiture as I read (arising from the fact that Rosenwald and Washington worked within, and seemingly accepted, a very unequal segregated system) was dispelled when I realized that they helped to educate a generation that would go on to protest in the 50s and 60s and dismantle that segregated system. The Rosenwald Schools enabled the Civil Rights Movement by educating and preparing an interim generation for involved, assertive citizenship.
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