A Small Nation of People by David Levering Lewis
W. E. B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of Progress

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An incredible treasure trove of more than 150 illustrations detailing a small nation of African Americans prepared to make their mark on America

 

About David Levering Lewis

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David Levering Lewis is a University Professor at New York University. Both volumes of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois received the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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After his 1895 speech advocating economic opportunities for African-Americans, the press asked of Booker T. Washington, "Is He a New Negro?" According to photographic historian Deborah Will

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Furthermore, Lewis astutely points out the parallel between America's eagerness to impress Europe and African-Americans' eagerness to impress America: using the stage of the world's fair, both groups frankly lobbied for legitimacy as "culturally mature."

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