Up from Slavery

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Penguin, Jan 7, 1986 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

In Up from Slavery, Washington recounts the story of his life—from slave to educator. The early sections deal with his upbringing as a slave and his efforts to get an education. Washington details his transition from student to teacher, and outlines his own development as an educator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In the final chapters of Up From Slavery, Washington describes his career as a public speaker and civil rights activist.

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What an amazing and inspirational life. If only the people of today carried on his refusal for bitterness against others. This one I will read again because his life and example have much to teach and help. Read full review


PROLOGUEA Hopeful Candle Flickers
CHAPTER 1Another Times Forgotten Space
CHAPTER 2Recall the Days That Still Are to Come
CHAPTER 3There Were Days Between
CHAPTER 4I Cant Come Down Ive Been Set Free
CHAPTER 5Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?
CHAPTER 6In the Book of Loves Own Dream
CHAPTER 7Come Join the Party Every Day
CHAPTER 15Some Rise Some Fall Some Climb   
CHAPTER 16The Desert Stars Are Bright Tonight
CHAPTER 17This Darkness Got to Give
CHAPTER 18If Mercys in Business I Wish It for You
CHAPTER 19Dawn Is Breaking Everywhere
CHAPTER 20Show Me Something Built to Last
CHAPTER 21So Many Roads to Ease My Soul
CHAPTER 22A Broken Angel Sings from a Guitar

CHAPTER 8Poised for Flight Wings Spread Bright
CHAPTER 9Where Is the Child Who Played with the Sunshine?
CHAPTER 10Listen to the River Sing Sweet Songs
CHAPTER 11The Wheel Is Turning
CHAPTER 12Wait Until That Deal Come Round
CHAPTER 13Line Up a Long Shot Maybe Try It Two Times
CHAPTER 14Beneath the Sweet Calm Face of the Sea
CHAPTER 23Theres Nothing You Can Hold for Very Long
EPILOGUESleep in the Stars

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Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born a slave. He graduated from what is today Hampton University in 1875, and subsequently taught there. In 1881 he founded the forerunner of Tuskegee University. He made himself and his school two of the most well-known institutions in twentieth-century black America. He earned world-renowned recognition as an educator, social theorist, and spokesperson for African Americans.

Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or Neo-Hoodooism as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.

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