The Future of the American Negro

Cover of The Future of the American Negro
Adoption Amount: $500
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: National Museum of American History Library

The future of the American Negro

By Booker T. Washington. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1901, [c1899].

Born a slave on a Virginia farm in 1856, Booker T. Washington taught himself to read after emancipation, worked hard to fund his own education, and eventually attended the Hampton Institute. He became a prominent Black educator and an important voice on race in America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Future of the American Negro, written by Washington in 1899, outlines his ideas on the history of enslaved and freed African American people and their need for education to advance themselves. In one chapter, the author discusses the founding of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881, which he would lead until his death in 1915.  

Condition and Treatment: 

This is an early 20th century staple bound book that has been attached to an acidic pamphlet binder. The paper cover of the book was detached and adhered to the pamphlet cover. The textblock was adhered to the binder with gummed tape. Conservators will remove the staples and remove the gummed tape from the first and last pages of the textblock. They will attempt to remove the original cover from the binder. The volume will then be re-sewn and the original cover re-attached. A custom enclosure will be made to house the re-bound volume.

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