200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019


Excerpt from Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt, the autobiography of William J. Edwards.

Included here is chapter 20, "The Negro and the World War." The chapter begins by describing African American support for the war effort, but then turns to a discussion of democracy, equality, and civil rights: "Before the war, two expressions were commonly used by the white man and the Negro. The Negro's expression was this: -- 'I haven't any country,' and the white man's expression was: -- 'This is a white man's country.' Now both of these classes are saying, 'This is our country.'... we should win this war, because democracy was right and autocracy was wrong, and if we lose, and God forbid that we should, the fault will not be in democracy, but it will be due to the fact that we are not practicing what we preach." Edwards was a student of Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute in the late nineteenth century.

Creator: William James Edwards
Date: 1918
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Book

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 4: Standard(s) 10 11
Grade 6: Standard(s) 2 3
Grade 7 (Civics): Standard(s) 10
Grade 9: Standard(s) 12
Grade 11: Standard(s) 4
Grade 12 (US Government): Standard(s) 6 14

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