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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461036461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461036463
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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William Andrews is Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of American Literature at the University of Kansas.

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So much heart in this life story.
Shannon Benefit
This is a great country and I'm glad to have been able to read about such a great man who could see beyond the obstacles in life and accomplish his dreams.
Suzane Gray
Booker T. Washington was a great man born into slavery, into abject poverty, on a plantation in Virginia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha M. Maddy on February 28, 2013
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This is a good view of a man who came from slavery to political prominence. He also grew up in an area where my mother frequently visited in her childhood. It's sad to see how jaded the world has become, since Mr. Washington lived and worked for education. He had such an optimistic view of the possibilities for his race that I can't see today. Maybe if we worked as hard as Mr. Washington in this era, we could make it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on December 2, 2011
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I've long wanted to read this book and finally did in two days. It was a rewarding experience. Booker T. Washington was a great man born into slavery, into abject poverty, on a plantation in Virginia. He never knew his father or even his birthday. Washington was six or seven years old when the War Between the States ended. He lived in a slave cabin with his mother, his older brother John, his younger brother and sister, and an orphan boy. His mother, the cook for the "big house" was an illiterate as most slaves were, but a strong woman of common sense who cared for her family as best she could. Their cabin was primitive with a dirt floor no windows and poorly protected from the elements.

After the war Booker moved with his mother and step father to West Virginia where he was put to work in the salt mines. Determined to get some schooling he did so at night with great difficulty.

Washington heard about a school for Negroes in Virginia called Hampton. He set out on foot with 50 cents in his pocket. He eventually reached Hampton and went to school there working his way through as a janitor.

Booker T. Washington met race prejudice, poverty, and illiteracy and overcame all of these obstacles.

He went on to establish Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for his people. It educated boys and girls not only in academics but in agriculture and useful trades. He started the school from nothing raising all the money from contributions and the hard work of he and his students. The school still exists today and is thriving.

"Up From Slavery" is an inspiring book. It should be on everyone's list as a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hubbell on November 26, 2011
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The legacy of Booker T. Washington incontestably stands alongside other great Americans. Washington created the Tuskegee Institute to promote the education of his people who had only recently been emancipated from slavery. Much of it was literally built by his hands and those of his charges.

In so doing they could take ownership and pride of their creation. Washington raises labor from its inferior status to a place of honor. He blames the institution of slavery for distorting the dignity of labor because it "took the spirit of self-reliance and self-help out of the white people. My old master had many boys and girls, but not one, so far as I know, ever mastered a single trade or special line of productive industry." Everything was left to the slaves. As a consequence, the slave owners "unconsciously had imbibed the feeling that manual labour was not the proper thing for them. On the other hand, the slaves, in many cases, had mastered some handicraft, and none were ashamed, and few unwilling, to labour."

Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the great poets of the Harlem Renaissance, expressed some discordant opinions regarding this autobiography of one of America's most influential blacks. His tone is respectful, recognizing that, after all, Booker T. Washington created Tuskegee Institute.

Dunbar echoed the resentment felt by blacks who felt betrayed by Washington's accommodating stance with the powerful men of his time. Indeed, there is something of the sell-out in his naïve belief that "the time will come when the Negro in the South will be accorded all the political rights which his ability, character, and material possessions entitle him to . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ahall on July 12, 2013
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This book has left me with a strong desire to serve others, make the world a better place, enjoy the work in which I engage and leave a legacy behind that my children will be proud of. There are so many great messages in this book. I wish everyone in this country could hear such an inspiring message!
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By Badgers! on August 29, 2014
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Aside from the inspiring story of Booker's life- from his humble beginnings as a slave to the national spotlight as head of the Tuskegee institute, the lessons he imparted to his fellow black people (and ALL people for that matter) are just as important today as they were when this book was written.
Including:
-The importance of reading the Bible
-That ALL people respect hard work, regardless of your color
-That the best way you can help your community is to learn a job that is needed, and do your best to be good at it
-That you should vote not based off color, but off
Of who is the best candidate
-That self reliance is critical to your development as a human being
-That the fallacy of "higher learning" (Latin, greek) will not magically help you escape the fact that we all have to work to put bread on our table. Furthermore, that learning more "distinguished" subjects holds no more honor than working with your hands.
-The value and inherent nobility of hard work.

While uplifting, this book made me a little sad. I wish me had more great Americans like this man today.
Or at least more men like Mr.Washington in positions of power, instead of what we have.

I highly recommend this book. Excellent!
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