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For my latest English class independent reading assignment I read A History of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, by Charles Flint Kellogg. I chose this book because it is part of the material I have accumulated for my research topic "How the early NAACP (1911-1945) was an effective organization change." Having read this book to about 200 pages (332 in total), I find it to be a valuable resource for my research paper. I have formed this evaluation based on the book's ability to answer some of the key questions I have about my research topic. These questions are about the founding of the NAACP, about Booker T. Washington and his involvements in the organization, and my last question is about the lynching that occurred and how they affected the organization. All of these questions were answered by reading this book.

        While reading this book, I found a whole chapter on the founding of the NAACP.

I had been looking for information on this (having to do with the early years of the organization). I gained a lot of factual insights by reading this chapter. The founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People started on the 14th of August 1908 when race riots broke out in Springfield, Illinois. There were two blacks lynched, six were killed and over fifty were wounded. When newspapers such as the New York Evening Post and the Independent heard of this, they were outraged. Booker T. Washington issued a statement "which was sharply critical of lynching, although it did not mention the Springfield affair", page 10. But everything came to a head when William English Walling wrote an article "The Race War in the North" for the Independent. Soon after, Walling conceived an idea of a national...