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Nineteenth-century African American businessman, activist, and educator Booker Taliaferro Washington's Up from Slavery is one of the greatest American autobiographies ever written. Its mantras of black economic empowerment, land ownership, and self-help inspired generations of black leaders, including Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan. In rags-to-riches fashion, Washington recounts his ascendance from early life as a mulatto slave in Virginia to a 34-year term as president of the influential, agriculturally based Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. From that position, Washington reigned as the most important leader of his people, with slogans like "cast down your buckets," which emphasized vocational merit rather than the academic and political excellence championed by his contemporary rival W.E.B. Du Bois. Though many considered him too accommodating to segregationists, Washington, as he said in his historic "Atlanta Compromise" speech of 1895, believed that "political agitation alone would not save [the Negro]," and that "property, industry, skill, intelligence, and character" would prove necessary to black Americans' success. The potency of his philosophies are alive today in the nationalist and conservative camps that compose the complex quilt of black American society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It remains one of the most important works on such an influential African-American leader."--Professor Delia Crutchfield Cook, University of Maryland, KC
The book came in clean and well-packaged!! The author is phenomenal. Booker T Washington took us back in time with his narrative skills that are so insightful! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Easton
It's been over 100 years since this book was written and this book is still relevant! This is great reading for forward thinking African Americans.Published 8 days ago by Southern Belle
Interesting insight into a fascinating man. He seems so hopeful throughout this book and for its time I can't help but feel it was a little naive. Read morePublished 11 days ago by joyintheend
This is one of the most important works in American literature. We can learn from Booker T. Washington about American history, hard work, education, humility, cleanliness, ethics,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David Hewitt