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The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington Paperback – 12 Dec 2013
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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.See all Product description
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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.
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.
This is a book that every black person world wide should read.
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 book gives an earthy honest description of the transition from slavery to freedom. It allows the reader to understand the importance of a survival education and how the race... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T J.