The son of an African American slave and a white planter, Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856–1915) was part of the last generation of Americans to be born into slavery, freed in 1865 as the Civil War came to a close. After working in salt furnaces and coal mines in West Virginia, Washington attended the Hampton Institute, a school in Virginia dedicated to educating freemen, and, a few years later, at the age of 25, became the first president of the Tuskegee Institute, an African American teachers college in Alabama. He headed the Institute for the rest of his life, using his position to write about and promote his views on race and civil rights. Washington’s books include, among others, The Future of the American Negro (1899), Up from Slavery (1901), and Working with the Hands (1904). – What So Proudly We Hail
Prof. Diana Schaub
Loyola University Maryland and the American Enterprise Institute
Diana J. Schaub is a professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland, where she has taught for almost three decades, as well as a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where her work is focused on American political thought, history, and the relevance of core American ideals to contemporary challenges and debates. An expert in political philosophy, Dr. Schaub lectures on a variety of topics and has contributed chapters to multiple books on Shakespeare, liberal education, women, and religion. She is the author of two books: What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, coedited with Amy and Leon Kass, and Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s ‘Persian Letters’. Dr. Schaub has also been published in the popular press, including in The Baltimore Sun, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard.