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Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
By: (1856-1915)

Up From Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students.

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UP FROM SLAVERY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

By Booker T. Washington

This volume is dedicated to my Wife Margaret James Washington And to my Brother John H. Washington Whose patience, fidelity, and hard work have gone far to make the work at Tuskegee successful.

Preface

This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook. While they were appearing in that magazine I was constantly surprised at the number of requests which came to me from all parts of the country, asking that the articles be permanently preserved in book form. I am most grateful to the Outlook for permission to gratify these requests.

I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no attempt at embellishment. My regret is that what I have attempted to do has been done so imperfectly. The greater part of my time and strength is required for the executive work connected with the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, and in securing the money necessary for the support of the institution... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 16, 2015
Subject: memoir
Once one gets past 1 or 2 chapters each read by loose dentures, accents, missed words, speed reading and finally some good readers then one can try to concentrate on the content. An amazing man trying to balance on a deadly fence while accomplishing incredible feats in a time in history of the transition of an entire race of people.


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