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Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.94" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1986
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140390510  
EAN  9780140390513  

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The Black educator documents his struggle for freedom and self-respect and his fight to establish industrial training programs

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During his unchallenged reign as Black America's spokesman, former slave Booker T. Washington treaded a dangerous middle ground in a time of racial backlash and disenfranchisement. He publicly acquiesced to Whites on the issues of social equality, and he fiercely exhorted Blacks, through his national political machine, to unite and improve their lot. Washington worked ceaselessly through many channels, to gain moral and financial support for his people and for his beloved Tuskegee Institute. This autobiography helped him at these endeavours more than all other efforts combined. It recounts Washington's life - his childhood as a slave, his struggle for education, his founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute, and his meetings with the country's leaders, revealing the conviction he held that the Black man's salvation lay in education, industriousness, and self-reliance.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Booker Taliaferro Washington, the educator and racial spokesman who remains one of the most controversial figures in African-American history, was born into slavery on a tobacco farm in Franklin County, Virginia, on April 5, 1856. His mother was the plantation's cook; his father was an unknown white man. At the close of the Civil War, Washington moved with his mother and stepfather to the river town of Malden, West Virginia, where he toiled in coal mines and salt furnaces, securing a basic education in his spare time. Later he worked as a houseboy for Mrs. Viola Ruffner, a New England woman who recognized his eagerness to advance himself. In 1872 Washington returned to Virginia to enroll in the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, a vocational school for blacks founded by Samuel Chapman Armstrong, a former Union general. Washington graduated with honors in 1875. Afterward, he taught school in Malden and briefly attended the Wayland Seminary in Washington, D.C., before accepting an invitation from General Armstrong to join the faculty at Hampton.
In 1881 Washington left Virginia for Alabama, to establish the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. The school opened on July 4, 1881, with one teacher and thirty pupils. Through skillful management, tireless fund-raising, and shrewd diplomacy with whites, he built Tuskegee, literally brick by brick, into the top black trade school in the country. Like his mentor, General Armstrong, Washington made sure that all skills and academic courses taught at Tuskegee had practical application in the economy of the postwar South. A pragmatist, not an idealist, he endorsed the Puritan virtue of self-help, maintaining, -the individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.-
Washington's well-known success as an educator led to his being asked to speak on racial issues. In 1895 he delivered opening remarks at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. In the now-famous Atlanta Compromise Address, Washington urged blacks to postpone their demands for equal rights and focus instead on improving themselves through education, industriousness, and racial solidarity. -In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress, - he stated. The following year Washington became the first black to receive an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University.
By 1900 Washington, the so-called -Wizard of Tuskegee, - had emerged as America's most influential black leader. He launched the National Negro Business League in Boston and, in rapid succession, published two volumes of autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work (1900) and Up from Slavery (1901). William Dean Howells praised Up from Slavery in the North American Review, and Langston Hughes later deemed it -one of America's most revealing books.- Washington created a storm of controversy, however, when he dined at the White House with President Theodore Roosevelt to discuss political appointments in the South.
In 1903 Washington's accommodationist position came under attack by W. E. B. Du Bois. In The Souls of Black Folk Du Bois wrote: -His doctrine has tended to make the whites, North and South, shift the burden of the Negro problem to the Negro's shoulders and stand aside as critical and rather pessimistic spectators; when in fact the burden belongs to the nation, and the hands of none of us are clean if we bend not our energies to righting these great wrongs.- Soon Washington's leadership was challenged by the militant Niagara Movement, founded in 1905, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which succeeded it in 1910.
Washington maintained a grueling work schedule during his final years. He also toured Europe and brought out two last books, My Larger Education (1911) and The Man Farthest Down (1912). In November 1915, while visiting New York City on business, Washington was hospitalized. Realizing the gravity of his condition, he insisted on returning home. -I was born in the South, have lived all my life in the South, and expect to die and be buried in the South, - he often said. Booker T. Washington arrived in Alabama by train only hours before his death on November 14, 1915. He was buried two days later in the small cemetery on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute.

Booker T. Washington lived in the state of Alabama. Booker T. Washington was born in 1856 and died in 1915.

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He Knew His Role and Performed It Well...  Feb 13, 2010
A fascinating read about the life and times of Booker T. Washington and his march from slavery to one of the foremost men of his time.

His views may seem quite antiquated in today's world, given what has happened and not happened in the last 100 years in race relations and it is easy to see how Black leaders of today might be critical of Washington's views and perspectives.

But to do so would be to make the all too common mistake of imprinting and transferring today's value system and experiences on a culture and time of long ago. Anyone can look back with 20-20 hindsight and criticize. What matters most is having a plan to move forward from where you are, and Booker T. Washington certainly had that. His is a remarkable story of courage, grace, and iron-willed determination, for himself and for his race.

While today's leaders and purists might criticize Washington, it should never be forgotten that he took the first steps and led his race and the entire South in the first steps, no matter how imperfect they may be in hindsight, up and away from slavery.

There had to be a Booker T. Washington to bridge the gap between what was and what was to be. He knew his role and peformed it well.
An All-time Classic  Jul 15, 2009
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography I remember listening to "Your Story Hour" tapes about Booker T. Washington as a child. I especially remember "that Yankee woman," as the exacting schoolmaster was called in the tapes. It was really interesting to read the book after all these years. The amazing thing is that Booker T. Washington had such a positive, progressive attitude after all he had been through. His success in helping others to regain their self-respect, earn a living, and lift each other up is something I truly admire.
A Classic and Uplifting Book  Jul 15, 2009
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) believed that African-Americans needed to sweep away the ignorance that their subservient position had left them with, and earn the respect of the whites through hard work and excellence. In 1881 he founded the Tuskegee Institute to teach African-Americans how to study, work hard and intelligently, and how to have respect for themselves and others. This is Mr. Washington's story of his youth and his success at Tuskegee.

Up from Slavery is a fascinating and uplifting book. Though cognizant of the racism that often surrounded him, Mr. Washington never lost his faith in the basic goodness of the people of all colors that he met.

If you want to read a book that is a window on the America of the late nineteenth century, or if you want an uplifting book about a man of faith and love, then I highly recommend that you get this book!
My Hero  May 5, 2009
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington has been one of my all-time favorite American heroes -- ever since I first read about him in 4th grade. Washington had a gift for writing, and his autobiography, as well as his essays, are very easy to read, understand, and enjoy. The more I study and learn about him, the more impressed I am with his vision, his integrity, and his drive to improve his people and their lot in life.
up from slavery  Apr 2, 2009
a good read with much information from the early america era. Booker T. Washington use the brain over violence and suceeded where others failed. excellent read.!!!!

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