A gripping and readable autobiography.
Never forget the lessons learned from those who were slaves.
Listed on The Modern Library's 100 Most Influential Books for good reason! It is inspiring and gives one a great understanding of this time period. Booker T. Washington was an amazing man and we should all be aware of his story.
During his unchallenged reign as black America's foremost spokesman, former slave Booker T. Washington treaded a dangerous middle ground in a time of racial backlash and disfranchisement: as he publically acquiesced to whites on issues of social equality, he fiercely exhorted blacks, through his national political machine, to unite and improve their lot.
Though Washington worked ceaselessly, through many channels, to gain moral and financial support for his people and for his beloved Tuskegee Institute, Up from Slavery, his autobiography, helped him at these endeavors more than all other efforts combined. Vividly recounting Washington's life- his childhood as a slave, his struggles for education, his founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute, his meetings with the country's leaders, Up From Slavery reveals the conviction he held that black man's salvation lay in education, industriousness, and self-reliance. Louis R. Harlan's introduction fully assesses the impact of this simply written, anecdotal life story that bears the mark of a man of real courage, talent and dedication.
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