Up from Slavery

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Penguin, Jan 7, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 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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Things that impressed me from this book: * Booker's firm belief that merit would be recognized and rewarded. He considered this a great universal truth and a consolation for the persecuted. He ... Read full review

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Booker T. Washington writes his own story of rising from a slave to being honored with a Harvard distinguished honor degree. His autobiography shares the many struggles he endured as he worked to make ... Read full review


A Slave Among Slaves
Boyhood Days
The Struggle for an Education
Helping Others
The Reconstruction Period
Black Race and Red Race
Early Days at Tuskegee
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
Last Words

Teaching School in a Stable and a HenHouse
Anxious Days and Sleepless Nights
A Harder Task than Making Bricks without Straw
Afterword Selected Bibliography

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Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) was born a slave on a Virginia farm. Later freed, he headed and developed the Tuskegee Institute and became a leader in education. Widely considered a spokesman for his people, he emphasized social concern in three books as well as his autobiography, Up from Slavery.

Ishmael Reed is one of America's most renowned African American writers. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and UC Berkeley. Reed is the award-winning author of more than 20 books—novels, essays, plays, and collections of poetry—that have been translated into seven languages. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. Reed lives in Oakland, California.

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