New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Publishers, 1906. B&W Photo portrait. First Edition. Cloth. Small slender 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine and decorative gilt on front cover, illustrated with glossy B&W frontispiece photograph of Booker T. Washington (with tissue guard), top page edges gilded (t.e.g.), [xii] + 35,  pages. Very Good / None. Item #5987
Booker T. Washington (1856 – 1915)--who had been born into slavery--became an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to multiple presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African American community.
Washington was a key proponent of African-American businesses and a founder of the National Negro Business League. His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college he founded in Tuskegee, Alabama. He strove for black progress through moral, religious, and mental education to foster independence, entrepreneurship, and an end to the disenfranchisement of African Americans.
UNCOMMON classic of Black Education and Literature. It's essentially a slim Guide to life. Tight, clean, unfoxed copy with light uniform age-toning and slight wear to extremities: most noticeable at the head and foot of the spine which show minor abraisions and some lightening.