Rethinking Booker T. Washington

Rethinking Booker T. Washington

The “Uncle Tom” characterization of Washington is simply unfair

Blair L.M. Kelley

by Blair L.M. Kelley, January 17, 2012

Rethinking Booker T. Washington

the groundbreaking accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen. And through it all it remains a cultural touchstone. Tuskegee and its founder remind us of the ways that history refuses to give us easy answers, and continues to deny us clear villains or perfect heroes. 

Blair L.M. Kelley is an associate professor of History at North Carolina State University; she is also the author of the award-winning Right to Ride:Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson. Follow her on Twitter: @profblmkelley


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