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Black History Month

2008 - Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism

"We would not learn less of George Washington... but we would learn... also of the three thousand Negro soldiers of the American Revolution." -- Carter G. Woodson

From the Web site of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History:

Among the intellectuals of the Progressive era who believed "that modern America should embrace the cultural differences that newcomers brought with them to America" ...

Carter G. Woodson did most to forge an intellectual movement to educate Americans about cultural diversity and democracy. For the sake of African Americans and all Americans, Woodson heralded the contributions of African Americans and the black tradition. In 1915, he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and by the time of his death in 1950, he had laid the foundation for a rethinking of American identity. The multiculturalism of our times is built on the intellectual and institutional labors of Woodson and the association he established. He should be known not simply as the Father of Black History, but as pioneer of multiculturalism as well.

In honor of its founder, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History devotes the 2008 Annual Black History Theme to both the labors of Woodson and the origins of multiculturalism.

Sources used in exhibit



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Selected Books by Carter G. Woodson

  • A century of Negro migration. (Call #: E185.9.W89 1969)
  • The education of the Negro prior to 1861: a history of the education of the colored people of the United States from the beginning of slavery to the Civil War. ([microform] Ultrafiche; Z1236.L53 no. LAC 10629)
  • The mind of the Negro as reflected in letters written during the crisis, 1800-1860. (Call #: E185.W8877 1969b)
  • The mis-education of the Negro. (Call #: LC2801 .W6 1990)
  • The Negro as a business man. (by J. H. Harmon, Jr., Arnett G. Lindsay, and Carter G. Woodson) (Call #: E185.8.H25 1969)
  • The Negro in our history. (by Carter G. Woodson and Charles H. Wesley) (Call #: E185.W89 1962)
  • The Negro wage earner. (by Lorenzo J. Greene and Carter G. Woodson) (Call #: E185.8.G79 1970)
  • The rural Negro. (Call #: E185.86.W896)
  • The Journal of Negro history. (Jrnls Floor 2, Journal on Film, Internet; E185 .J86)
  • Negro history bulletin. (Internet)

Selected Books About Carter G. Woodson

  • Dagbovie, Pero Gaglo. The early Black history movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene. (Call #: E185.97.W65 D34 2007)
  • Goggin, Jacqueline. Carter G. Woodson: a life in Black history. (Call #: E175.5.W65G64 1993)
  • Greene, Lorenzo J. Working with Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black history: a diary, 1928-1930. (Call #: E185.97.W77G74 1989)
  • Greene, Lorenzo J. Selling Black history for Carter G. Woodson: a diary, 1930-1933. (Call #: E185.97.W77 G735 1996)

Selected Books About Multiculturalism

  • DiTomaso, Nancy and Corinne Post, eds. Diversity in the workforce. Boston: Elsevier JAI, 2004. (Call #: HD6951.R47 v.14)
  • Dunn, Rita Stafford and Shirley A. Griggs. Multiculturalism and learning style: teaching and counseling adolescents. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1995. (Call #: LC3731.D85 1995)          
  • Hewitt, Roger. White backlash and the politics of multiculturalism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (Call #: HM1271 .H48 2005)
  • Klein, Ana Maria. Raising multicultural awareness in higher education. Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 2006. (Call #: LC1099 .K54 2006)
  • La Belle, Thomas J. and Christopher R. Ward. Multiculturalism and education: diversity and its impact on schools and society. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994. (Call #: LC1099.3.L3 1994)
  • Lee, A. Robert. Multicultural American literature: comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American fictions. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. (Call #: PS153.M56 L44 2003)     
  • Melzer, Arthur M., et al, eds. Multiculturalism and American democracy. Lawrence, KN: University Press of Kansas, 1998. (Call #: JK1726 .M77 1998)       
  • Modood, Tariq. Multiculturalism : a civic idea. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2007. (Call #: HM1271 .M63 2007)
  • Norton, Donna E. Multicultural children's literature: through the eyes of many children. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall, 2001. (Call #: PS153.M56 N675 2001)
  • Taylor, Charles, et al., eds. Multiculturalism: examining the politics of recognition. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994. (Call #: E184.A1M84 1994)   
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