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Up from Slavery: An autobiography

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  • Seller:Nevido Books
  • Sales Rank:11,661,121
  • Format:Large Print
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:222
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.9
  • Dimensions (in):0.5 x 7.3 x 9.5
  • Publication Date:May 5, 2007
  • ISBN:1434619389
  • EAN:9781434619389
  • ASIN:1434619389
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Synopsis
I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale's Ford and the year was 1858 or 1859. (Excerpt)
Amazon.com Review
Nineteenth-century African American businessman, activist, and educator Booker Taliaferro Washington's Up from Slavery is one of the greatest American autobiographies ever written. Its mantras of black economic empowerment, land ownership, and self-help inspired generations of black leaders, including Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan. In rags-to-riches fashion, Washington recounts his ascendance from early life as a mulatto slave in Virginia to a 34-year term as president of the influential, agriculturally based Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. From that position, Washington reigned as the most important leader of his people, with slogans like "cast down your buckets," which emphasized vocational merit rather than the academic and political excellence championed by his contemporary rival W.E.B. Du Bois. Though many considered him too accommodating to segregationists, Washington, as he said in his historic "Atlanta Compromise" speech of 1895, believed that "political agitation alone would not save [the Negro]," and that "property, industry, skill, intelligence, and character" would prove necessary to black Americans' success. The potency of his philosophies are alive today in the nationalist and conservative camps that compose the complex quilt of black American society.

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