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Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (original 1901; edition 2009)

by Booker Washington

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Title:Up from Slavery: An Autobiography
Authors:Booker Washington
Info:Transaction Large Print (2009), Paperback, 425 pages
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Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (1901)

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    The Life of Josiah Henson: Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada by Josiah Henson (HistReader)
    HistReader: Both former slaves erect establishments which advance their race: Henson, a city with industry and schools; and Washington, a learning institution which was well respected. As well, both men went on to attend, as esteemed guests, events which had not been graced with the representation of non-Whites. Henson, the World's Fair in London; Washington, the Atlanta Exposition.… (more)
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  josephla | Jul 27, 2015 |
Booker T. Washington writes his own story of rising from a slave to being honored with a Harvard distinguished honor degree. His autobiography shares the many struggles he endured as he worked to make Tuskegee University a top college for the education of African Americans when there were no schools for them really.

This is a truly touching story. The beginning of the book was very moving and emotional as he speaks of struggling to get an education as an African American boy. Though dry at time, and almost annoyingly optimistic there were some really nice inspirational quotes in the book that I was able to note (highlight and such). I hope to read again and take down a lot more of his positive work ethic. ( )
  missbrandysue | Feb 16, 2015 |
An autobiography of a man who began his life in slavery and ended it as one of the most respected men in our nation. I wish his ideas on education were taken more to heart. He believed in educating the whole man/woman, not just their mind. He felt it was important that the student work at a craft or skill along with their studies, so that when they were finished, they would always have the ability to earn their living and contribute to their community, not just intelligence, but honest and needed labor. The thought being that since they had been forced for generations to give their labor to benefit others, labor in itself became evil to them. Washington wanted the students to see that labor was good and honorable, and education to go with it meant true freedom from bondage. It seems a good plan for all high school students to me.

Mr. Washington was a great optimist, and believed the best of people, in some ways this book made me sad to think how far short of his ideals we have all come. But in other ways, we've come a long way, baby. Although some of his thinking seems outdated, and impractical and even wrong to us now, it is good to read it. He wrote this having lived through the worst of times, and was trying to work out how to make life better for his race and race relations better. We haven't solved that one yet, but always we forge on.

For the educational theories alone, this book was a worthy and important read to me, but the history, the story and the man made it fascinating from start to finish. ( )
  MrsLee | Aug 14, 2014 |
An autobiography of the once popular Washington. Today, he has lost favor. He is judged by today's standards, but during his life, he had little alternative than to promote the black American in the manner he did. He established schools to educate former slaves and to place the graduates in occupations without any resort to violence. A Great American. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
The most influential spokesman for blacks at beginning of 20th. Inculturation of A middle class achievement ideals. ( )
  clifforddham | Feb 3, 2014 |
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This volume is dedicated to my Wife, Mrs. Margaret James Washington And to my Brother, Mr. John H. Washington.
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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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