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Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Up From Slavery (1901)

by Booker T. Washington, Max Bennett Thrasher

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Up from Slavery is about the life of Booker T. Washington. Washington started very poor. He was often turned down for jobs he was more than capable of due to his race. This book follows closely Washington's rise from janitor of a school to possessing the school.

This is a good book for children because it shows triumph even through the most adverse situations. Booker T.Washington is someone everyone should know about and possess a great deal of respect for. I believe children need more role models and that Washington is one of the best.

Extension ideas: students could make a timeline of Washington's life.
Students could write about a time they overcame a hard situation.
  Db194309 | Jul 22, 2017 |
What do you call a trice-married man accused of being a crafty narcissist who punished those in the way of his personal interests? Booker T Washington (see Michael Bieze, Booker T. Washington Rediscovered, 2012, p209).

This is a rag to riches success story telling of Washington's rise up from slavery, through reconstruction, and the developing of the Tuskegee Institute. Washington's story culminates with his rise to political influence--the Atlanta Exposition address, his trip to Europe and his meetings with Presidents Cleveland and McKinley.

Washington is without question a success story and justly remembered for his political gifts, but is criticized for being an accommodationist. He was an African American in the South at the turn of last century and worried that being tackling racial inequality head on would invite White backlash (which was probably a correct assessment). So instead, he tried to help African Americans by promoting education and learning a trade (marketable skills).

This is a realist approach which takes seriously personal responsibility, though in a day and age where African Americans are still discriminated against, suffer systemic violence, and under a president who promises to implement more stop-and-frisks, I think a more prophetic stance is needed. I hear this prophetic stance more in Frederick Douglass than I do in Booker T.

Still I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy reading this. Washington was a generous human being and can talk respectfully, even with affection of former slaveholders while simultaneously affirming that slavery was wrong. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Things that impressed me from this book:
* Booker's firm belief that merit would be recognized and rewarded. He considered this a great universal truth and a consolation for the persecuted. He considered this principle a key to improving racial relations.
*To expand on the above thought, he thought the whole future of race relations hinged on whether or not the members of his race could make themselves of indispensable value to their community
*Again, "the individual who do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of race"
*He thought contact with great men and women of wisdom to be more useful than book learning
*His thoughts on public speaking: "give them an idea for every word"--in other words, don't waste words. It is in injustice to speak merely for the sake of speaking, one should have a deep heartfelt message to deliver.
*"I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others; the most miserable are those who do the least"
* He believed in teaching students the dignity of labour, and he had little patience for schools that did not teach this. Indeed, many of the buildings, crops, and things needed by his school were supplied by student labour.
*I love his thoughts on how to best administer and organization and hove good relations between employers/administrators and labour/students: He asked the students to write him a letter or have a meeting with him with their criticisms, complaints and suggestions. He thought many disputes could be avoided if the higher ups would cultivate a habit of getting nearer to their employees, consulting and advising with them, and letting them feel that they have shared interests. ( )
  debs4jc | Aug 5, 2016 |
Not so much an autobiography as it is a personal journal of his life work as founder and Principal of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. His struggle to find funding in the early days is fascinating reading, especially when it begins to develop into a secondary career as a much-sought-after international public speaker. It is only a lack of detail re. his personal life aside from vocation that keeps me from rating this work five stars. ( )
  fredjryder1946 | Jun 27, 2016 |
A very conversational autobiography of the life of Booker T. Washington. He spends little (but enough, I think) of the book describing his life as a slave. The majority of the book deals with his work in and for the Tuskegee Institute. At times, the book comes across a little self-serving, and the perpetual optimist in Washington seems to not have realized the turmoil that would come upon the south not too many decades after his passing. Some of his statements seemed rather naive at times, but the narrative was clear and enjoyable and gave me a sense of life in the U.S. that I was not aware of. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
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This volume is dedicated to my Wife, Mrs. Margaret James Washington And to my Brother, Mr. John H. Washington.
Whose patience, fidelity and hard work have gone far to make the work at Tuskegee successful.
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Nineteenth-century African American businessman, activist, and educator Booker Taliaferro Washington's Up from Slavery is one of the greatest American autobiographies ever written. Its mantras of black economic empowerment, land ownership, and self-help inspired generations of black leaders, including Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan. In rags-to-riches fashion, Washington recounts his ascendance from early life as a mulatto slave in Virginia to a 34-year term as president of the influential, agriculturally based Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. From that position, Washington reigned as the most important leader of his people, with slogans like "cast down your buckets," which emphasized vocational merit rather than the academic and political excellence championed by his contemporary rival W.E.B. Du Bois. Though many considered him too accommodating to segregationists, Washington, as he said in his historic "Atlanta Compromise" speech of 1895, believed that "political agitation alone would not save [the Negro]," and that "property, industry, skill, intelligence, and character" would prove necessary to black Americans' success. The potency of his philosophies are alive today in the nationalist and conservative camps that compose the complex quilt of black American society.

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Born in a Virginia slave hut, Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) rose to become the most influential spokesman for African-Americans of his day. In this eloquently written book, he describes events in a remarkable life that began in bondage and culminated in worldwide recognition for his many accomplishments.… (more)

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