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Up from Slavery (Signet Classics)

Up from Slavery (Signet Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Booker T. Washington , Ishmael Reed
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"It remains one of the most important works on such an influential African-American leader."--Professor Delia Crutchfield Cook, University of Maryland, KC
"This book is a must read."--Professor Warren C. Swindell, Indiana State University
"This book is definitely a classic and I have used every year im my African-American history course."--Professor W. Marvin Dulaney, College of Charleston
"Reading 'Up From Slavery' has provided my students with an opportunity to encounter a key figure in African American history on his own terms. It has provided them with greater insight into the mind of this man and his times."--C. Matthew Hawkins, Carlow College
"This is a very useful edition of one of the most important primary sources in African American history. Andrews sets it in context in a first-rate introduction."--Roy E. Finkenbine, Hampton University

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Long considered one of the most inspiring autobiographies in American literature, UP FROM SLAVERY chronicles the author's beginnings as a slave to his success as an educator, writer, and speaker. Noted for his leadership of the Tuskegee Institute, Washington promoted economic progress through vocational education.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1755 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classic (7 Jan 1986)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and uplifting 6 April 2005
In 1901, Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) published this autobiography. Born into slavery, after emancipation, Mr. Washington developed a philosophy 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, how to work hard and intelligently (producing better results than the white businesses of the day), and how to have respect for themselves and others. This is Mr. Washington's story of his youth and his success at Tukegee.
This 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. The only problem I had with this excellent book was the knowledge I could not shake, that Mr. Washington's faith was not rewarded, and the white community of the day would not give the African-American community respect and fair treatment.
That said, though, this is a great and wonderful book, which should rightly be considered an American classic. 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!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic book 13 Feb 2000
A most brilliant book, an honest and inspiring account, Washington worked tirelessly for the cause of the coloured race and at the same time endeavoured to bring blacks and whites together to live and work in harmony. I only started to become interested in reading accounts of ex-slaves after reading Maya Angelou`s autobiographical books, it just seems to have led from there, but I am learning more than ever! I look forward to reading other people`s reviews in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts OK then gets boring 12 Jun 2013
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This is the story of Booker Washington and starts out very interesting when he talks about his life as a slave. It gives a great insight into how life for the slaves changes once they are freed. It shows his struggle to get himself an education and he does come across as an exceptional person who helped in educating the freed slaves and who helped inter racial relationships in the USA. However once he starts up the Tuskagee Institute it switches to being a history of this establishment. His 3 wives and his children are only mentioned in passing but every detail about setting up the university is recorded. I did not buy the book to read about the setting up of a univeristy however noble and good this may have been.I have to say I had no idea who he was when I bought the book as I had never heard of him before. At least now I am a bit more educated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 17 July 2010
An optimistic and inspiring little book - full of hope for a future that took a long time to come about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Booker T Washington - what a life 15 Dec 2013
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As someone who knew very little about this man, after reading this book I can honestly say that it is a must read. To start as slave and have the drive to work his way up and pursue education to a level which would present him with the opportunity of running a school to help his people... With the aim of teaching them to earn respect through acquiring a craft, a good work ethic and an education. Although his life's work was to progress the black race and help them to be seen on equal terms as a white race in terms of ability, intelligence and the contribution they can make for the country as a whole if given the chance, he never looked to say a bad word against the people who were once his master's and in turn rather promoted unity between the races. There are lots of valuable lessons in this book no matter who you are.. I thoroughly enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story. 13 Nov 2013
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I found this book inspirational.

Firstly, it gives a look at what it was like to be a child around the time of the Civil War, when slavery was about to be abolishes. It gives an incite I had never thought about which is how slaves really felt about their masters – it was quite surprising.

I found the book well-written and eloquent.

I found Washington to be a very likable, noble, and innovative character. I really enjoyed reading about all he had done and achieved around this time.

I love books which take you on a journey while teaching you something, so books based on reality of autobiographies or biographies.

This book didn’t disappoint in that regard; it taught me a lot about how things were back then whilst also inspiring me with Washington’s antics of making the world a better place.

I’ve come to admire this man greatly, and will read some of his other works now!

The book is short and I read it in about two days. It was a page Turner and something you can read through easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 Sep 2013
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Book is brilliant if you are interested in Black civil rights or washington, or even studying it! Really good book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - required reading for everyone
A classic - required reading for everyone. This edition is on rather cheap paper ("thrift" edition), but otherwise is fine (and is excellent value for money). .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great true story
I enjoyed this book which tells of how one man went from being born a slave to being honoured by the American president himself for his work in helping the Negro race to becoming... Read more
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This book turned out to be very motivating, it really inspires you to do things, to work hard, to overcome difficulties. I liked it in many ways. Read more
Published on 6 May 2011 by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Biography is not my thing but...
this was very interesting to read about a Black American from a time before the 60s and the black civil rights movement who gained the respect of the white establisment even in... Read more
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