Up from Slavery: An Autobiography
Up from Slavery is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington which has been a landmark work of post-Civil War race relations since its publication in 1901. The account describes his early life on the plantation, his time as a schoolmaster and his life as the political face of modern race relations. By writing about his personal conflicts and struggles, he managed to create an inspiring message of hope for the millions of other African Americans in the country. His message was one of education, industriousness, unity and various other moral codes. Up from Slavery, though controversial, was a bestseller and has continued to be read for more than a century.