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Carter G. WoodsonHistory, the Black Press, and Public Relations$
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Burnis R. Morris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814074

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814074.001.0001

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Finding His Bearings

Finding His Bearings

(p.3) Chapter 1 Finding His Bearings
Carter G. Woodson

Burnis R. Morris

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Carter G. Woodson’s early years and influences that allowed him to prevail against heavy odds. His world view was heavily influenced by the teachings of his illiterate father, who gave the young Woodson his moral bearings. He read newspapers to his father and other illiterates he encountered in the West Virginia coalfields, and the newspapers contributed to his intellectual development and understanding of issues involving politics and economics. These experiences in Appalachia, before even his first train ride and education at Harvard, laid the foundation for the public-education program Woodson developed for preserving and promoting African American history.

Keywords:   Woodson, Moral bearings, West Virginia coalfields, Harvard, African American history, Appalachia, Public-education program, Illiterate, Race

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