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Letter from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Booker T. Washington, 1902.
A letter written by Paul L. Dunbar to Booker T. Washington

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Was Born
June 27, 1872

After two more of Dunbar's books were published, his poetry became very popular. Dunbar read his poems to audiences in the United States and in England. When he returned from England, Dunbar took a job as an assistant librarian at the Library of Congress.

Have you ever tried to write a song? In 1902, Booker T. Washington commissioned Dunbar to write the school song for the Tuskegee Institute. However, Washington was not pleased with Dunbar's "Tuskegee Song." Dunbar wrote back to Washington this letter to defend his work.

Dunbar published 22 books and many poems before his death in 1906. He was just 33 years old when he died. What would you like to write a story or poem about?

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