Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery

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One of the best-known books for half a century written by an African American, this autobiography "gave prominence for the first time to the voice of a group which had to pull iitself up from extreme adversity."--Cover.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008, ©1995
ISBN: 9780199552399
0199552398
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 301.45196 WASHINGTO 1995
Characteristics: xxvii, 196 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Andrews, William L. 1946-

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The life of Booker T. Washington embodied the legendary rise of a self-made American. His autobiography gave voice to the vast numbers of African Americans who pulled themselves up from nothing. This humble and plainspoken schoolmaster was also an ambitious and tough-minded analyst, who constantl... Read More »


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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

“success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work."

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him...Every individual responds to confidence."

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lukasevansherman
Jan 12, 2014

Along with Frederick Douglass's "Narrative" and DuBois's "The Souls of Black Folks," Booker T. Washington's "Up From Slavery" is one of the most important books of African-American non-fiction of the post-slavery era. An influential educator and advocate for black rights, Washington is a polarizing figure because more radical African-Americans (such as DuBois) accused him of compromise and being overly deferential to whites. There's certainly none of the anger you'll find in Douglass or none of the horrors of slave narratives, but I think Washington did the best he could given the circumstances and this is a milestone in both African-American writing and cultural progress.

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