Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery

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Historically acknowledged as one of America's most powerful and persuasive orators, Booker T. Washington consistently challenged the forces of racial prejudice at a time when such behaviour from a black man was unheard of. While he mollified white leaders by publicly agreeing with their racist views of social parity, he also worked tirelessly to convince blacks to work together as one people in order to improve their lives and the future of their race. Up From Slavery is the dramatic autobiographical account of how one man stood fast against the social and idealogical bias prevalent in his day. It tells the story of Washington's unique American experience - a struggle that he began as a slave and never gave up. From his fight for education to his founding of the world-renowned Tuskegee Institute, Washington's Up From Slavery is one of the most significant and defining works in American literature.
Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, [2000]
ISBN: 9780451527547
Branch Call Number: 370.92 Washi
Characteristics: xxii, 228 p.


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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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