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Carter Godwin Woodson
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May 13 2012
The Mis-Education of the Negro was originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. According to his thesis explained in the book, African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools.
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Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity, and left behind an impressive legacy. A founder of Journal of Negro History(Now titled The Journal of African-American History), Dr. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly educative Feb. 22 2005
What I find amazing about this book is its almost prophetic nature. The author writes in a masterly manner, virtually giving directions to the subjects dealt with. Written more than six and a half decades ago, this book spoke of the misdirection in education and the consequences it can have on a society without deep a sense of purpose, a society that is failing to nurture its own values and build on genuine and progressive thoughts. The greatest strength of this book is that it shows us not only the strength of a proper education, but also the negative imparts of an improper education.
This book is still relevant today. Few books have so masterfully challenged the minds of both the mis-educated and the mis-educators as "Mis-Education of the Negro" has done, by calling on society to be humble, accept its errors and choose new directions in education. I strong recommend readers to make themselves familiar with the pages of this book. You will not regret it.
Also recommended: Race matters, Disciples of Fortune
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all blacks living in America Jan. 6 2004
While reading this book so many things that Cater G. Woodson said back in the 1930's are still going on and are true today. For example, blacks who invest so much faith in the wrong community/political leaders, blacks religious leaders who drive their big expensive cars and give the wrong message to our people and how blacks will not buy from other blacks because they don't want to see him/her get ahead in their own community. Also knowing how blacks have problems taking orders from other blacks in supervisory position.
The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community. We as black americans need to stop looking to white people for our solutions, because we already have the solutions to many of our problems. And last of all we should stop hating one another and start appreciating the great ideals in our community. What makes this book so great is that it shines the spotlight on what is wrong in the black community, but also on ways of how to fix the things that are wrong in the community concerning education, poverty, job creation, business creation and self sufficiency.
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Every Negro should read this book and be re-educated. Actually, the book is not just for all Afro-Americans but for all "minorities" such as Chicano, etc.
This is a great book; especially it is to be read by those Negroes that are in public office making decisions that can change the fate of members of the so called minorities in America.
Currently there are Negroes appointed to positions where they have to make decisions in cases like for Civil Rights, Discrimination, Courts of Justice, etc. However, those Negroes are not making the correct decisions in their cases, they have to work on, because they are mis-educated.
There are Negroes that are actually punishing minorities, including their own members, by applying, blindly, rules and policies that have been created to keep minorities at the bottom of the ill social strata created in America. Not to say, but tue, those policies and laws were designed to exclude minorities from the American society because, in the background, minorities are not considered made of human beings but they are just "minorities," or beings of an inferior capacity.
Thus, those Negroes "in charge" cannot use their own barred intelligence to see their own wrongdoing in their use of the policy or law; they think, in their stage of mis-education, that as Negroes they would be doing something wrong in a system where they are placed precisely to make decisions and serve justice but in paradox they actually hurt minorities.
I think this book brings to retrospection the self-identity of every Negro.
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By "dialo"
This book, written by an African American, was the first one to show that we Africans have a different soul than whites so that white education isn't fit for us and most of us can't cope with it. That the book was written in 1933 should make it a shame that Black-haters like David Horowitz spend all their energy abolishing Black studies and positive discrimination (in his racist, anti-Black books (Hating Whitey ; The Race card, etc.) Now there are many other books by African authors, some quite deep such as P. C. Luthuli's The Philosophical foundations of Black education in South Africa. And even some book by some friendly whites who accept to understand the problem and the need for a separate, all-black education system, I mean Jacqueline Irvine's Black Students and School Failure. A good recent African and practical book is Wilson's Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children. Let's praise people like Woodson, he showed the way for freeing us from the slavery of our minds and souls. Read this book and you will understand that slavery is not only physical, legal, but also a question of imposing us white education, thought, from which we also need liberation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong words written 50 years ago.
The book is fifty old, however it's methodologies still remain viable for every African-American. The writer stated has factual, yet biased opinions about the black experience,... Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by "jt5k"
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending African-American dependence on white America
Carter G. Woodson's constructive critique of the how the education system in America plays a pivotal role in ensuring African-Americans' dependence on white America. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by torrid_wind™
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, yeah?!? Read THIS!!"
The negative, incredulous readers/reviewers should read Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal by Bruce Wiseman as the companion to this book. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by M. Rasheed
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read!
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because I thought it was going to contain a whole lot of things that has been aleady said. Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by Octavia Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Substantion??? Precursor to today's militant black escapists
This books is quite overrated, though it has been in print for a long time.
The author neglected to put any citations of anything in the book, so far as I have read. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Lemas Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Issues that Many Still Face Today
This book provides an informative and interesting look at American history. Though Woodson wrote of the systematic brainwashing of blacks in the United States in the early... Read more
Published on June 20 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Must Read
This book ought to be required reading for every teacher, educator, administrator, and parents who intereact with children of African descent. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2001 by Bakari Chavanu
4.0 out of 5 stars Each One Teach One
Before picking this book up to read I was aware of the knowledge I needed on African American's in the Education system. After reading it I felt empowered and sad. Read more
Published on May 22 2001 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Dr. Carter G. Woodson has out done his self, his prospective of the education system gear towards black was head on. He was by far greatly ahead of his time. Read more
Published on May 19 2001
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