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Carter G. Woodson
Transcript of Carter G. Woodson
A Historic Journey
Born in Buckingham County, Virginia, to parents
who were former slaves.
Growing up in rural western Virginia as a poor farm boy. His mother had learned to read and undoubtedly instilled a thirst for higher education in Carter.
Graduating from high school at the age of twenty, Woodson worked as a farm laborer, a sharecropper and a coal miner in his early adulthood.
Woodson then attended and received a bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky in 1903.
He then went on to receive a second bachelor’s degree along with a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1908
At nearly thirty years old, Woodson was accepted into Harvard University and received his Ph.D. degree in history in 1912
In addition to working on his dissertation during these years, Woodson taught in the public schools of Washington, D.C., where he remained until 1919