Up From Slavery: The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington

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Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both ...
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Overview

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade (something which is reminiscent of the educational theories of John Ruskin). Washington explained that the integration of practical subjects is partly designed to reassure the white community as to the usefulness of educating black people.
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The ascendancy of [Booker T. Washington] is one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of American education and of race relations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494802127
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/26/2013
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 406,825
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About Booker T. Washington
About This Edition
Up from Slavery 1
Other Early Black Narratives 231
From the History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave 233
From the Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself 258
From Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: Or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery 287
From the Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman 305
From Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days 313
Suggestions for Further Reading 320
Checklist of Illustrations 324
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