by Booker T. Washington
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Chapter I. A Slave Among Slaves

I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am
not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth, but at
any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time.
As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads
post-office called Hale's Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not
know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are
of the plantation and the slave quarters--the latter being the part of
the plantation where the slaves had their cabins.

My life had its beginning in the midst of the most miserable, desolate,
and discouraging surroundings. This was so, however, not because my
owners were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many
others. I was born in a typical log cabin, about fourteen by sixteen
feet square. In this cabin I lived with my mother and a brother and
sister till after the Civil War, when we were all declared free.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013032972
Publisher: SAP
Publication date: 08/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 184 KB

About the Author

He was born into slavery to a white father and a slave mother on a rural farm in southwestern Virginia. After the slaves were freed there in 1865, he worked in West Virginia in a variety of manual labor jobs for several years before making his way to Hampton Roads seeking an education.

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Up From Slavery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Father_of_5_Boys More than 1 year ago
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.
R_Jay More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for understading slavery. This is a 8th grade reading level book good to use as a book report.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wmarvel More than 1 year ago
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.
Bernimarie More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 15 days ago
This book was very uplifting. A part of history that we all need to know about. It makes oneself proud to be an American, people of all color, races and creeds.
braintrusts More than 1 year ago
The author could just as easily have used his prescription for success for people today, as he did immediately after the Civil War. Booker T. Washington knew that the success of ex-slaves in this country was directly proportional to the level of education achieved. That education also included the interpersonal skills necessary to perform those skills in social settings. READ THIS BOOK!! You won't regret it. Talk to your school boards and make it mandatory reading in Middle Schools.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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