African American History to 1865
October 9, 2013
The Miseducation of the Negro Book Review
Over the course of time, notable literary works such as Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s 1933 masterpiece has dominated the overall thought process of society’s upper echelon of African-Americans. Black politicians, as well as other African-American authority figures in today’s America have either a bad taste in their mouth about this literary piece, or use it as a motivational tool to insure success for their family and its future generations. For the people that feel as if this book discredits the fact that Africans were held in captivity for an insurmountable of years, it may be a hard pill to swallow because this text provides a clear explanation of how African-Americans in that time period, and also today, could back themselves out of a racial corner and advance in society as a people.
In the Preface of the book, I found it very intriguing that Dr. Woodson made a controversial and certainly debatable statement concerning the educational systems of both Europe and the United States. He claimed that both did not put forth an adequate effort to educate African-Americans, which I believe was an accurate comment to make because of his own educational escapades in both areas of the world.
Although this book included many accurate points, accusations, and assumptions by Dr. Woodson, I carefully sought out and identified the three main points that I believe Woodson wanted his readers to take from one of his greatest works. The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself. This quote from Woodson, in my opinion, is one of his main points because it makes the reader realize that education is just the tip of the iceberg in the fight for overall equality between Blacks and Whites that is still a topic of debate today. Woodson also stressed that...