Up from Slavery

An Autobiography


By Booker T. Washington

Born in a Virginia slave hut, the great Christian leader Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) rose to become the most influential spokesman for African Americans of his day. In this eloquent book, he describes events in a remarkable life that began in bondage and culminated in worldwide recognition for his many accomplishments. In simply written yet stirring passages, he tells of his impoverished childhood and youth, the unrelenting struggle for an education, early teaching assignments, his selection in 1881 to head Tuskegee Institute, and more.

His commentary on the social and political condition of the African race in America concludes with brilliant suggested solutions.

A firm believer in the value of education as the best route to advancement, Washington disapproved of civil-rights agitation and in so doing earned the opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet, he is today regarded as a major figure in the struggle for equal rights, one who founded several organizations to further the cause and who worked tirelessly to educate and unite African Americans.

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Weight4.8 oz
Dimensions5.5 × 8.5 × .4 in

176 pages


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