gard it as one of my best library
books, and shall encourage my stu¬
dents and friends to own and read it;
for I am convinced that such a book
can do much toward eradicating false
ideas among our needy people and in
implanting noble ones in them. I
most heartily recommend this valu¬
able work to our leading men and
women, to every family and school.
Dr. Crummell has placed us all un¬
der new obligations to him in giving
us the ripe thoughts of his long and
varied experience. May he at the
close of life enter into that "rest that
remaineth to the people of God" a-
mid the sacred benedictions of a
thoughtful, appreciative people.
From F. J. Wagner, President,
Morgan College, Baltimore. Md.
I have read with pleasure and prof¬
it the interesting pages of "Africa
and America, The sense and senti¬
ment of this book are alike sound and
inspiring. The subjects treated are
vital to the advancemenT'of the coT
ored race, and not only manifest wis¬
dom in statement and suggestion, but
demonstrate also the splendid capac¬
ity of the colored man for highest
culture and achievement. This book
will be an inspiration to all who are
working for the good of the colored
man as an American citizen.
From The New York Age,
T. Thomas Fortune, Editor.
Occasionally I am met with a book
of addresses and discourses which
possesses, for me, uncommon interest.
It does not.happen often. It may be
I am actuated by a perverted taste.
I am not sure. Whatever it is, when¬
ever I attempt to read a book of ser-
ux)ns,author some eminent divine, as
a rule I hie me to the land of Nod.
Good Dame Fortune has smiled upon
me to-day and I hold in my hand at
this moment a book of addresses and
discourses by Dr. Alexander Crum¬
mell, entitled "Africa and America."
These addresses are rare efforts and
treat mainly of the race question.
There are sixteen of them, all of
which nave been delivered within the
last twenty years, the most note¬
worthy, in my opinion, being the one
on "The Black Woman.of the South."
The one of largest interest .because it
treats of that feature of our life
which will have the strongest bearing
on our future. The worthy Doctor's
defence of the womanhood of the
race is indeed pathetic. We have
stood a terrible test. Every part of
our living has been stripped of its
sweetest charms. Manhood has stood
for naught; womanhood, fell as an
echo across the fields and found
its resting beyond the veilings of the
day to come. We must struggle on.
fcT am anxious," says Dr. Crummell,
"for a permanent and uplifting civili¬
zation to be engrafted on the Negro
race in this land. And this can only
be secured through the womanhood
of a race. * * * * Without them
no true nationality, patriotism, relig¬
ion, cultivation, family life, or true
social status is possible. In this mat¬
ter it takes two to make one—man¬
kind is a duality. The male may
bring, as an exotic, a foreign graft,
say of a civilaztion, to a new people.
But what then? Can a graft live or
thrive by itself? By no manner of
means. It must get vitality from the
stock into which it it put; and it is
the women who give the sap to every
human organization which thrives
and flourishes on earth," We must
bend our attention to woman-culture,
not so much of the kind to be had in
the high schools and colleges, as that
which might be secured in industrial
schools. To quote the author, he
says: "I am seeking something hum¬
bler, more homelike and practical, in
which the education of the hand and
the use of the body shall be the spec¬
ialties, and where the intellectual
training will be the incident."
There is not a dead theme in the
book and each and every subject is
treated with that acuteness of percep-