Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Wright, Robert Brian Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-050799-140251 Title The Idealistic Realist: Mary McLeod Bethune, The National Council of Negro Women and the National Youth Administration Degree Master of Arts Department History Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Farrar, Hayward Committee Chair Jones, Kathleen W. Committee Member Rosenburg, R. B. Committee Member Keywords
- Mary McLeod Bethune
- National Youth Administration
- Nation Council of Negro Women
- Division of Negro Affairs
Date of Defense 1999-04-27 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe Idealistic Realist: Mary McLeod Bethune, The National Council of Negro Women and The National Youth Administration.
Robert Brian Wright
The available literature on Mary Mcleod Bethune is very similar. Though it may look at various aspects of her life, it does so on the same plane. It gives an overview. In otherwords, it skims over her life, focusing only on the very narrow - and positive - aspects. She was the founder and president of a black college. She was head of a federal agency during the New Deal. She was head of a million member black women's organization. But what do these "highlightings" tell of Bethune and the world in which she worked?
The point of this paper is to vary a little from the present literature. By taking a closer look at two of Bethune's organizations: the National Council of Negro Women and the Nation Youth Administration's Division of Negro Affairs, perhaps we can tell a little more of who Bethune really was and how important her work was to her. By "humanizing" Bethune, we may get a better understanding of what it meant to be a minority in a racist nation during a trying time.
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