In the opening chapter, the author overviews Woodson's early scholarly life and work as well as the formative years of the ASNLH
. The most original argument here is that Woodson's presence at the Lincoln Jubilee in Chicago in 1915 "was one of the first efforts to promote black history to a wider audience" (33).
He spoke at local YMCA's, at academic bodies (ASNLH
) and professional organizations (National Association of Black Journalists), all branches of NAACP, and at nearly all HBCUs.
Today, the ASNLH
is referred to as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
After Woodson died, Albert Brooks ran the ASNLH
's Washington, D.C., office with the two office secretaries--Mrs.
This is especially true if gauged solely on local activities associated nominally with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH
He shows how Woodson questioned some disturbing myths of black womanhood such as the 'mammy' and engaged a significant number of women in the work of the ASNLH
. The introduction of this chapter at the end of part one seemed a bit forced.
was primarily committed to historical research; training African-American historians; publishing texts about African-American life and history; collecting valuable or rare materials on the history of the race; and promoting that history through schools, churches, and fraternal groups.
This article explores how after founding the ASNLH
, Woodson democratized, legitimized, and popularized black history, while paying close attention to his diversified clientele.
Through its publications and a broad range of educational programs, the ASNLH
gradually became the nation's source for information on black history.
Alexander talked about the impact that Woodson's address had on him at the 1968 Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH
Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH
) during its early years.
Convinced that the experience was rich, vibrant and worthy of serious scholarly attention, Woodson launched the Association for the Study of Negro life and History in 1915 (ASNLH