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The Father of Black History Analysis

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Carter G. Woodson is called “The Father of Black History” because he worked really hard to make sure black history was taught in schools and studied by students. He also began the Journal of Negro History in 1916, along with other publications in the coming years in an effort to make sure black history was not forgotten. He founded Black History Month because he strongly believed that people should be aware of African American history and culture, and it is still celebrated around the United States of America.

Carter G. Woodson was born on December 19, 1875. He was born in New Canton, Virginia. He was the first son of Anna Eliza and James Woodson. His mom and dad were slaves at the time he was born, so he did not have a nice house or great food. Carter G. Woodson was born at a time when people thought blacks were bad.

Carter G. Woodson was his mother’s favorite of nine. Carter G. Woodson worked as a sharecropper when he was young, which was a system of agriculture in which a landowner allows a tenant to use the land in return for a share of the crops produced on the land. He worked a lot of hours trying to help provide money for his family and it did not leave much time for school. He and his brothers and sisters went to school as often as they could but Carter G. Woodson wished he could go to school more often.

Soon, Carter G. Woodson and his family moved to Huntington, West Virginia. Once they moved to West Virginia, he began working in the mines. He met Oliver Jones while he was working in the mines. Oliver Jones fought in the Civil War and was very interested in the history of blacks in America and had some books Carter G. Woodson could read and learn about black history.

Soon after they had moved...

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... founded Black History Week, which later became Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson accomplished everything he set out to do.

Works Cited

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“Mis-Education of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodson.

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