Up from Slavery: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, and Composition History, Criticism / Edition 2

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Overview

Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American. As one of a handful of classic American autobiographies, its place in the literary and historical canons is assured. This Norton Critical Edition includes as its text the first book edition, published by Doubleday, Page and Company. The text is fully annotated and includes the index that appended the first book edition.
"Contexts and Composition History" includes a selection of letters between Washington and his editor, Lyman Abbott, that reveals the process by which Up From Slavery was planned and written. Reviews from The Nation, North American Review, and Colored American Magazine offer examples of contemporary reaction to the book. An excerpt from My Larger Education includes Washington's impressions of Frederick Douglass and of his African American critics (among them W. E. B. Du Bois) and reveals his reaction to the mounting criticism of his social, economic, and political programs during the last years of his life.
"Criticism" offers a collection of eight essays that present a variety of perspectives on Up From Slavery by W. E. B. Du Bois, Kelly Miller, August Meier, Louis R. Harlan, Sidonie Smith, James M. Cox, Houston A. Baker, Jr., and William L. Andrews. Together, these essays represent ninety years of the best critical and historical analysis of Up From Slavery and its author.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393967258
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 959,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William L. Andrews (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is the editor of The Literature of Slavery and Freedom; co-editor of The Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance. He is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is general editor of Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology, and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Other works include The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt; To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760–1865; Sisters of the Spirit; The Curse of Caste by Julia C. Collins; Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave; and Slave Narratives after Slavery.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Skip the intro and read it after you read the book

    I had heard often of Booker T. Washington and of his work at Tuskegee Institute, but never really knew much about him beyond just the name recognition. This autobiography was a good way to find out more about him, his life, and his philosophies - most all of which I agree with and think we could use more of these days (both black and white people).

    The one criticism I have of the book is that the introduction by Louis Harlan is very long and I think would be better as an Epilogue. I found myself reading it going "o.k., o.k., just let me read the book". I ended up going back and rereading a lot of the introduction again, which puts the book and Mr. Washington into historical context, when I was done. I would recommend just skipping the introduction and reading it when you are done with the book. - - It does offer some insights though.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This version has too many errors in the manuscript

    When this book was converted to an ebook, the publisher didn't bother to check to see if the e-version was readable. Not all of the characters/letters were converted properly so there are numerous words on every page that can be barely read because the letters are jumbled or incorrect.

    The original book by Booker T. Washington was terrific, but if you want to read it, buy a different version. This one is terrible.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    An autobiography about a great educator

    If you want to know how adult education really ought to be taught, you should read Booker T. Washington's autobiography "Up from Slavery". He was one of the greatest educators in history. His methods and determination to provide a high quality education to older teens and young adults proved to be of great worth to many men and women of different ethnic backgrounds. He went beyond "book learning" and provided a means for his students to learn life's skills and how to be good citizens in a most difficult time period in our history. His model and style of education still applies today, and, if they were taken seriously, could solve many of of education issues. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in how education should really be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Slavery

    Good book for understading slavery. This is a 8th grade reading level book good to use as a book report.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Great insights still true to this day

    What a great story of a man who really believed that people needed to find a skill that made them feel useful and worthy. Very well written and I learned a lot about him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Hard to read

    The content of this book is riveting and hard to put down...but this nook version is so filled with errors and typos it is difficult to read. this by far is the worst nook edition i have encountered with regard to accuracy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Enjoyed every word!

    I knew nothing about Booker T. Washington--until now!
    What a strong and determined man he was. He held no grudges and spent his entire life helping fellow African-Americans succeed, despite the odds against them at the time. He led an interesting life and made his way up from nothing to becoming a successful, world-renowned educator, orator, author and political leader. I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    The best book ever

    This is an interesting book read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    I didn't know this was an autobiography........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Left neglected

    By lisa genova

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    DO NOT BUY

    DO NOT BUY THIS. IT IS NOT THE WHOLE BOOK. IT IS JUST THE INTRODUCTION

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Just so you know...

    I am only giving it three stars because I have not read it, just wanted to say that there are many many of this book in the NOOK library, all titled "Up from Slavery". I do not know if this one is different, I just know that they are all pretty much the same title and all the same author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    A bit of a fund me letter for the school

    Lots of Im famous but Im still humble. Although an important record its still a pitch article for funding in exchange for gritty rags-to-riches backstory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Lantern to diana

    Do you need money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Anthony spotten

    Help me and dont help me at all

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Won't download

    Won't download (perhaps the result of a broken link?). However, there is another free copy on the website which does work.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    It didn't dowmload for me

    The book didn't download.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    good

    i would really reccomend this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Mr. Washington did not have M.L.Kings courage

    This standard reading for high schoolers is a How-To book for people wanting to sup @ the white mans table.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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