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As an educated man, Booker T. Washington rose to power with his views on civil rights. Washington’s belief in education as well as trade skills for African Americans brought followers, and opposition, from all around. In Up from Slavery, all of Washington’s trials and tribulations are laid out on the page, with nothing left unsaid.
Booker T. Washington wrote Up from Slavery over the course of many years in post-Civil War America. It not only contains articles originally published in Outlook magazine, but autobiographical anecdotes as well, which were written throughout Washington’s travels in the south.
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Included here are Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery, W. E. B.
Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. These stirring accounts, significant testaments to our nation's past together in one volume, belong on the bookshelves of everyone interested in African-American history.
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 – 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants.
A Slave Among Slaves
The Struggle For An Education
The Reconstruction Period
Black Race And Red Race
Early Days At Tuskegee
Teaching School In A Stable And A Hen-House
Anxious Days And Sleepless Nights
A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw
Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them
Two Thousand Miles For A Five-Minute Speech
The Atlanta Exposition Address
The Secret Of Success In Public Speaking
*One of the most acclaimed books in American history- Booker T. Washington’s masterpiece is a thought-provoking autobiography intended to address the plight of African Americans a generation removed from emancipation from slavery and how to persevere in the aftermath of Reconstruction and during the blight of Jim Crow.
*Washington’s work is an exploration in the bootstrap mentality.
*This work is timeless because the ideas and concepts presented are still debated and resonate with many people in modern times.
"His Sunday evening talks to the students are to me like the Book of Proverbs, always timely, encouraging, and applicable to the affairs of every-day life." -Tuskegee & Its People (1905)
"Sunday Evening Talks ...expose us to Washing's straightforward moral and spiritual philosophies and deserve to be further analyzed." -African American History Reconsidered (2010)
"The Sunday evening talks were an important part of the Tuskagee curriculum." -The Education of Booker T. Washington (2006)
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 – 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
IT is proper that I should say that the thoughts contained in this little volume have been amplified by me from several of the "Sunday Evening Talks to Students," at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, at Tuskegee, Ala.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON.
Story of My Life and Work by Booker T. Washington is a story that will inspire every reader, regardless of background. Mr. Washington lived in a time before the civil rights big six (Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins & Whitney Young ), the NAACP, or the more recent Jesses Jackson and Al Sharpton.
In fact, he was actually born into slavery and lived as a slave until he was 9 years old, but he didn't let that keep him from achieving greatness and earning respect.
- Early Civil Rights Activist
- College President and Founder ( Tuskegee Institute, which is now Tuskegee University )
- Advisor to Multiple Presidents
- Co-Founder of National Negro Business League
- Fought disenfranchisement \ Jim Crowe Laws through education and entrepreneurship
- Master Fundraiser
- Coalition Builder
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was one of the most influential African American leaders of all time. Born a slave in Hale's Ford, Virginia, Washington moved to West Virginia after the Civil War, where he learned to read while working in a coal mine. After several years of part-time schooling, he enrolled full-time at the Hampton Institute, a secondary school for African Americans, and graduated in 1875. Washington spent the next six years teaching school in West Virginia and at Hampton before accepting an offer to start a brand-new school in Tuskegee, Alabama. Washington founded what is today Tuskegee University in 1881 and spent the rest of his life making that institution financially viable and academically respected.
Washington was a key proponent of African-American businesses and one of the founders of the National Negro Business League. His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Tuskegee, Alabama. As lynching’s in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech, known as the "Atlanta compromise", which brought him national fame. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to challenge directly the Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of black voters in the South.
Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling.
The Story of My Life and Work was very popular and sold more than 75,000 copies in its first four years.
The book begins by recalling Washington's first realization that "my mother and I were slaves," when he awakens one morning to find his mother "kneeling over me, fervently praying as was her custom to do, that someday she and her children might be free".
The Tuskegee Institute gained some fame during World War II for having been the University where the Tuskegee Airmen were schooled. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces.
Although some modern-day civil rights activists may frown on his methods, it is clear that Mr. Washington was working towards progress. He made black lives matter by virtue of their education and entrepreneurship in society. He helped prepare people for the workforce and to start their own businesses. Mr.
Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established the Tuskegee Institute. Befriended by a U.S. president and corporate titans, beloved and reviled by the black community, Washington was one of the most influential voices on the postslavery scene. But Washington’s message of gradual accommodation was accepted by some and rejected by others, and, almost a century after his death, he is still one of the most controversial and misunderstood characters in American history.
Uncle Tom or New Negro? does much more than provide yet another critical edition of Washington’s memoirs. Instead, Carroll has interviewed an outstanding array of African American luminaries including Julianne Malveaux, cultural critics Debra Dickerson and John McWhorter, and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and radio talk-show host Karen Hunter, among others. In a dazzling collection bursting with invigorating and varying perspectives, (e.g. What would Booker T. think of Sean Combs or Russell Simmons? Was Washington a “tragic buffoon” or “a giver of hope to those on the margins of the margins”?) this cutting-edge book allows you to reach your own conclusions about a controversial and perhaps ultimately enigmatic figure.