Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

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First Avenue Editions ™, Jan 1, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages

In this acclaimed autobiography, Booker T. Washington makes a case for lifting up his race through education. Washington uses his personal story as the example, from his birth to slave parents on a Virginia plantation and his struggle to go to school to his adult achievements as a public speaker and black leader. Washington outlines more than forty years of his life, emphasizing how he overcame great obstacles in order to pursue his education at Hampton University. As an adult, he opened a school for black students in Tuskegee, Alabama, and later he established other successful vocational schools. Throughout the book, Washington describes his educational philosophy and his hopes and dreams for African Americans. This is an unabridged version of Booker T. Washington's life story, which was first published in 1901.


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Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington presents a positive outlook about race relations in America. Washington’s life began as a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. He described many ... Read full review

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Articulate, and an incredible story. Washington tells of how he worked to become the principal of the Tuskegee Institute for African American people. By sheer force of will and determination, this man ... Read full review

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A Slave among Slaves
Boyhood Days
The Struggle for an Education
Helping Others
The Reconstruction Period
Black Race and Red Race
Anxious Days and Sleepless Nights
A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw
Making Their Beds before They Could Lie on Them
Raising Money
Two Thousand Miles for a FiveMinute Speech
The Atlanta Exposition Address
The Secret of Success in Public Speaking

Early Days at Tuskegee
Teaching School in a Stable and a HenHouse
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