Author: Jacqueline Goggin

author of Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History (1993), and executive director of the Friends of Young Achievers Pilot School in Boston, Massachusetts

Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950)

Carter G. Woodson was a historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the Journal of Negro History, and “Negro History Week.” Now known as the “Father of Black History” because of his efforts to promote African American history, Woodson wrote pioneering social histories chronicling the lives of Black people at a time when mainstream white scholars denied that African Americans were worthy of historical study. Much of his work was based on public records, letters, speeches, folklore, and autobiographies, materials that were previously ignored. Woodson also used an interdisciplinary approach that combined anthropology, sociology, and history. From 1915 until 1947, he published four monographs, five textbooks, five edited collections of documents, five sociological studies, and thirteen articles. He pioneered in interpretations of slavery and Africa, which were adopted by mainstream historical scholars late in the 1950s. Among the works for which he is best known is The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), which is still in print seventy-five years later.