8vo. Photographic frontispiece portrait. 7 photographic plates. Original publisher's maroon cloth gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut (slight rubbing to extremities, glue repairs to spine ends).
Later edition INSCRIBED BY WASHINGTON on the front fry leaf: "To Rev. W.P. Graham, Trenton, N.J., with best wishes of Booker T. Washington, Sept. 13, 1912." This work, the second of Washington's books published in his lifetime, was a bestseller and was highly influential in the African American and allied communities. Its success prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to invite Washington to dine at the White House in October 1901. Although US presidents had previously hosted black guests including Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, this social occasion was notable because of its publicity and the equal footing Roosevelt extended to Washington. Vitriolic response from southern politicians and press, however, meant that no other African American was invited to dinner at the White House for nearly 30 years.
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