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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and uplifting
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...
Published on 6 April 2005 by Kurt A. Johnson

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and uplifting, 6 April 2005
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration of a former slave who turned or left a negative situation to be educated and productive, 6 Sept. 2014
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This book is amazing - While there are books talking from a slaves point of view what life was like. Booker's experience is more about once he was made free, an in depth biography of the extent he went to .., to learn to read and educate himself. Then he sets about assisting and helping many many other former slaves get a technical and academic education which helped them be productive people to society and to themselves for the rest of their lives. This man devoted his life in the persute of lifting others from lowly station to be educated and productive. Many of and most of those he educated only lacked education simply because of the color of their skin and race prejudice that still existed many many years despite slavery being abolished
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 28 July 2014
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This book is so so so brilliant - Only God knows why I hadn't read it earlier. Have even ordered copies for friends! An excellent book.
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, 17 July 2010
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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 A classic - required reading for everyone, 24 Jun. 2013
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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 bellef and determination., 18 Nov. 2014
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Thought provoking book, how a individual succeeds through sefless determination and self belief, defining the true qualities of a age which been forgotten.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit repetitive but agood story of a great man's resilience and determination to better his life and ..., 22 Mar. 2015
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In parts, a bit repetitive but agood story of a great man's resilience and determination to better his life and that of his people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING, 20 Jun. 2014
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VERY INTERESTING TO READ AND SURELY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, YEP THERE'S A REASON WHY THE SANE IS SAID THAT WAY, RESEARCH IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 25 Sept. 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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