Up From Slavery Author:Booker T. Washington The record of its famous author's own phenomenal rise from that unhappy institution. it is told with characteristic lack of bitterness throughout, despite the fact that before Washington's perseverance brought him success, he shares the hunger, want and generally squalid life of the Negroes of his time. If his conciliatory attitudes towards wh... more »ites 0 his tendering of the palm brance, as one critic put it - brought him into some disfavor among more militant Negro leaders, his achievements speak for themselves. Partly self-taught, later a teacher in henhouse schools, he founded Tuskegee Institute, what at his death had over a hundred buildings and an endowment of $2,000.000.
Simply and absorbingly written, Up From Slavery remains today one ofthe most significant documents America has every produced.« less