The Mis-Education of the Negro

By | February 16, 2018
The Mis-Education of the Negro

Carter Godwin Woodson’s seminal book exploring the structural and systemic features of American education that cause entrenched and perpetuated social segregation, economic disparity, and class distinctions among people of color and white citizens. Woodson’s analysis has remained germane to modern times.

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  1. BlackPudding
    83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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    Increases knowledge of the hurdles to be surmounted to achieve JUSTICE FOR ALL., June 14, 2015
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    I got this book to read and also purchased the audible version and have discovered it is the missing piece of my own education. I played the audible version several times as it goes rapid pace but was convenient. It is sad to discover that many of Carter Goodwin Woodson’s fears have been and continue to be realised in the racial disparity widely noted against the black skin worldwide. Although Mr. Woodson concentrated his criticism on the American social structure of his time, one of his truisms (shortened for this review) plays out daily in today’s social responses: “If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions … and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.” Carter G. Woodson was not fully appreciated for his contributions whether some of those were impractical or not and that is not surprising; most brilliant minds are revered posthumously (and perhaps never fully understood). As the son of a slave one must admire Mr. Woodson’s capacity to rise above his circumstances as well as his ability to see the issues that plague black people with laser-like accuracy. When reading this book, the reader can only but shake their head in silent acknowledgment of the truths stated therein. Another book that won’t find its way into the general / ‘public’ library of American literature but which should be read by anybody trying to unravel the reasons black progress appears at times to be constantly stymied.
  2. Erica Butler
    218 of 230 people found the following review helpful
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    I would not recommend it. I would instead recommend going to your …, November 17, 2014
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    This is not the original publication of this book! It also does not state state which version or publication it is so buyer beware. When compared to the original publication in 1933 its is not in any way similar. I would not recommend it. I would instead recommend going to your local bookstore for a real copy of Woodson work, this is a fabrication.
  3. Bibliomaniac
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    IMPORTANT! Please Read!, July 11, 2016
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    Every Black Person in America NEEDS to read this book a few times and regularly. Although written many years ago, it hits the nail of the head. This book will help you understand the internalized racism that we as African-Americans suffer; but more importantly, it provides a catalyst for healing the wounds of internalized racism. Please read it!

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