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The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claims, causes African-Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to "do for themselves", regardless of what they were taught:
History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.
Here is a quote from the book:
"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."
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THE thoughts brought together in this volume have been expressed in recent addresses and articles written by the author. From time to time persons deeply interested in the point of view therein presented have requested that these comments on education be made available in book form. To supply this demand this volume is given to the public.
In the preparation of the volume the author has not followed in detail the productions upon which most of the book is based. The aim is to set forth only the thought developed in passing from the one to the other. The language in some cases, then, is entirely new; and the work is not a collection of essays. In this way repetition has been avoided except to emphasize the thesis which the author sustains.
I. THE SEAT OF THE TROUBLE
II. HOW WE MISSED THE MARK
III. HOW WE DRIFTED AWAY FROM THE TRUTH
IV. EDUCATION UNDER OUTSIDE CONTROL
V. THE FAILURE TO LEARN TO MAKE A LIVING
VI. THE EDUCATED NEGRO LEAVES THE MASSES
VII. DISSENSION AND WEAKNESS
VIII. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATED DISCOURAGED
IX. POLITICAL EDUCATION NEGLECTED 83
X. THE LOSS OF VISION
XI. THE NEED FOR SERVICE RATHER THAN LEADERSHIP
XII. HIRELINGS IN THE PLACES OF PUBLIC SERVANTS
XIII. UNDERSTAND THE NEGRO
XIV. THE NEW PROGRAM
XV. VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE
XVI. THE NEW TYPE OF PROFESSIONAL MAN REQUIRED
XVII. HIGHER STRIVINGS IN THE SERVICE OF THE COUNTRY
XVIII. THE STUDY OF THE NEGRO