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Up From Slavery

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

"Up From Slavery" by Booker T. Washington is a powerful and inspiring autobiography that details Washington's journey from a young slave in Virginia to a renowned educator and leader in the African American community. Throughout the book, Washington discusses the challenges he faced as a former slave seeking an education and striving for success in a post-Civil War society.

Washington's determination and perseverance are evident throughout the book, as he recounts his experiences working to fund his own education and eventually founding the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. His commitment to uplifting his community and promoting vocational education as a means of empowerment for African Americans is both admirable and inspiring.

One of the most notable aspects of Washington's story is his emphasis on self-reliance and hard work as the keys to success. He emphasizes the importance of economic opportunity and practical skills in empowering marginalized communities, and his advocacy for vocational education as a path to independence and prosperity is still relevant today.

Overall, "Up From Slavery" is a compelling and thought-provoking read that offers valuable insights into the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in the post-Civil War era. Washington's story serves as a testament to the power of education, perseverance, and community support in overcoming adversity and achieving greatness.

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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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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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