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Review: Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington

The wonderful true story told in Rosenwald is a terrific history lesson, and an inspirational portrait of how one person can make a difference. And in a sly way, it’s also a rebuke—or maybe a challenge—to the new generation of freakishly rich people. The story of Julius Rosenwald stands in violent contrast to the profile of, say, the loathsome millionaire who hiked the price of the AIDS drug he now owns, or the pumpkin-haired TV star who has enchanted this country’s Republicans. The wealthy people of olden times weren’t all peaches and cream, but Rosenwald’s attitude—seen in vintage clips—was that any rich person is enormously lucky, and has a responsibility to give back.

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