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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494478315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494478315
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For half a century from its publication in 1902 Up from Slavery was the best-known book written by an African American. The life of ex-slave Booker T. Washington embodied the legendary rise of the American self-made man, and his autobiography gave prominence for the first time to the voice of a group which had to pull itself up from extreme adversity. Washington attributes his success to his belief in many of the virtues celebrated by Benjamin Franklin: selflessness, industry, pragmatism, and optimism. But from behind the mask of the humble, plainspoken schoolmaster come hints that reveal Washington the ambitious and tough-minded analyst of power, who had to balance the demands of blacks with the constraints imposed on him by whites. To read Up from Slavery is to explore the means by which Washington rose to become the most influential and powerful black American of his time. How far he compromised African American rights in order to achieve his aims remains a matter of controversy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At the time this book was written black writers were few. What makes the book so incredible was not the book itself but a self educated slave could have written it and that a former slave could have come out of slavery and educate himself to be a teacher. This is why so many African-Americans are able to rise to be teachers at many collages and universities in the USA. It is a positive book that shows that hard work and determination can over many obstacles and that education can lead to success in life even for a former slave.
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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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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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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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I loved this book. Not only did the author describe the period before slavery was abolished, but he went on to describe how he clawed his way out of his situation and through sheer determination made a much better life for himself.
I particularly liked the fact that he described the help he received from others including the white population. He does not come across as feeling sorry for himself, although he may have been forgiven for doing so. He made up his mind to better himself and in doing so, he helped others to do the same. He made it clear to them that it would not be easy and if they were prepared to work hard and obey the rules, they could indeed better themselves as he had done. He went on to become a well respected member of society. To say more may spoil the book for those who have not read it but I think it truly deserves the five stars I have given it.
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A very good, well written and inspiring book that gives us a true insight into the after effects of slavery and how African Americans fought to pick up the pieces of their lives after the horrific effects of slavery.
This is a book that every black person world wide should read.
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Excellent biography,inspirational!
An account full of fortitude,resilience and vision.
If you are looking for a well written and inspirational biography that will provoke you it is this one.
How a former slave became a great leader and a living torch to his people is something that still amazes me!
I highly recommend this book.
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This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Booker T lived one of the most interesting and inspirational lives in recent history. Booker T's life is one from being born into slavery, working hard to achieve his goals and then try to better his race for the future. He takes a different view on how African Americans can integrate into society. His views on education and the importance of practical skills and academia is something I have not come across and opened my eyes up to how people should be taught. This is a must read.
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