Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education was written to set the record straight. Says author Donald Generals Jr., “I believe it’s an important story that needs to be told to correct an historical injustice.”
The book unveils Booker T. Washington’s contributions to the development and history of progressive education, while exposing the ignorance of his critics and the distortions that have defined his legacy. The author writes that Washington has not been adequately or fairly portrayed, nor is he given an appropriate place in history. Instead, he is viewed as an accommodator and a conservative compromiser, willing to appease whites at the expense of African American rights and social development.
This negative image of Washington distorts his historical significance as an African American leader and educator, and he has been largely ignored in the history of progressive education. The book places Washington into the appropriate historical context, and calls into question the misinformation associated with this great American.
This book sets the record straight.
About the Author
Donald Generals Jr. is a full-time college administrator. “I was born and have lived my entire life in Paterson, New Jersey. Paterson is the birthplace of American industrialism and was the first planned industrial city.” He is the vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor Township and currently lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. “I write out of a sense of duty to my profession and personal joy.” This book is an extension of his dissertation.