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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
What an enjoyable read. Saw a commentator reference this book, so I thought I'd check it out.
Sorry to say, this great man would be rolling in his grave if he could see... Read more
Great historical perspective of a very trying time in US history. Every American should read it as A review of what kind of strength of character made this country great.Published 16 days ago by Francis A Sisto
Great book! I didn't know much about B.T. Washington initially, however this amazing auto biography is a look into life and work.Published 24 days ago by Deb Richardson
This autobiography by Mr. booker T. Washington should be read by every student in the USA. From the depths of slavery arose a most unique individual who changed the perception of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adammm
It was a classic when I read it more than 20 years ago and still is. I periodically reread it and gift it to younger readers.Published 1 month ago by C. Whitlock
Excellent historical account of an amazing time, place, and person. B.T.W. does not get the credit he deserves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Russell Stokes
Wow. This man's positive attitude, drive and determination should inspire everyone in this country regardless of race. This should be a book read by every high school student. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NotSoFast
This book gives insight into the latter days of slavery in the US. It also gives insight into one man who sought to better himself and caught a vision of how he could help his own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kent C. Matthews