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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

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First Advisor

Professor Janice Sumler-Edmond


This thesis examines the controversial relationship between contemporaries Carter G. Woodson, founder and director of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and Thomas Jesse Jones, chief executive of the Phelps-Stokes Fund.

This comparative study considers the life and work ofboth Woodson and Jones and assesses their contributions to African-American history, philanthropy, and race relations. Their relationship is interpreted through close examination and analysis of various writings, conflicting ideologies, and public accusations against one another.

The conclusions drawn suggest that white foundation officials, often under the auspices ofracial cooperation, manipulated the policies ofblack institutions and organizations. This evaluation provides a more thorough understanding ofthe historic and contentious struggle that often occurred between the giver and the recipient during the early twentieth century.

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