Up from Slavery

Booker T. Washington

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Up from Slavery is the autobiography of Booker T Washington, first published in 1901. Born in a Virginia slave hut, the author rose to become the most influential spokesman for African-Americans of his day. The book provides a detailed account of Washington's life, from his early experiences as an enslaved child to his rise as a respected educator and advocate for African American advancement. The book begins with Washington's humble beginnings on a Virginia plantation, where he was born into slavery. He describes the challenges he faced as a young boy, including his determination to learn despite the obstacles. After emancipation, he pursued education with great determination, eventually attending the Hampton Institute, a vocational school for African Americans. Washington shares his experiences as a student and his early efforts to educate himself and his community. He then goes on to detail his founding of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he emphasized practical vocational education as a means to uplift and empower African Americans. He talks about the challenges and successes he encountered in establishing and running the institute, as well as his philosophy of gradual progress and self-improvement for African Americans.

This book has 76,712 words, 114 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1901.

Production notes: This ebook of Up from Slavery was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 10th August 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'A Pastoral Visit' by Richard Norris Brooke.

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