Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.
He gives an account of his travels, speeches, and meetings with various leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt in the White House. Employing a didactic tone, Washington deftly sets forth his belief that the black man’s salvation lies in education, industriousness, and self-reliance. This is the true-life story of a man of real courage and dedication.
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915), founder of Tuskegee Institute, was a leading educator, author, and statesman who rose from slavery to become internationally famous.
Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Remains one of the most important works on such an influential African American leader." (Professor Delia Crutchfield Cook, University of Maryland)
"This book is a must-[listen]." (Professor Warren C. Swindell, Indiana State University)
This was an excellent account of the life of Booker T Washington, very inspirational and informative - definitely a good read. I did not find the narrator very effective, but the story is so interesting that I learned to get used to him. This is a wonderful historic account of self determination, hard work, and true rags to riches - B T Washington is an inspiration to all and his story is full of life lessons useful to all! Highly Recommend.
Up from Slavery shoud be required reading in all classrooms, at least. At best, families or, for that matter, single parents and their children should read it together. There are many positive, encouraging and wise comments in this book for all races to absorb. I wondered out loud when I finished, "where are you now, Booker?"
Booker T. Washington was truly a great man and this was a very good book. This book remains an excellent guidebook on how to build and live a truly worthwhile life. The simple ingredients remain: hard work, building a righteous character through practical means and being a blessing to other people.
Wow! what an incredible human being! This story made me and my whole life seem insignificant. I drove the long way home some nights just to get more time to listen to this book.
Yes, because it is an amazing historical account of a very important time and very important events in American history.
Booker T Washington's unyielding optimism, determination and strength of character. He was a truly exceptional individual who accomplished some unbelievable things against impossible odds.
No. This is the first, but I look forward to more.
Wow! WHAT A BOOK
Going to Europe
building a furnace to make bricks
BEYOND LIMITS, BOOKER T WASHINGTON
Every American should read this book! This is the story of a man who worked hard to accomplish what he did, and though he was very intelligent, he went above and beyond the expected and never complained. Booker T. Washington is a terrific example for high school and college students, and I will recommend this book. The tone and pacing of the narrator seemed just right for this book. Highly recommend!
Be yourself to the maximum.
Outstanding! This book should be standard text for all Americans. Thank you, Booker T. Washington.
Booker Taliaferro Washington's life was a monumental success, and should be lauded as such today and in the future, particularly since he was born in slavery. His ravenous hunger and staunch resolve to educate himself, and then educate others is astonishing, given the many hardships he endured, only to be forgotten by the people he was attempting to uplift. If he was born today, I wonder what he would have accomplished in the current climate of Black Lives Matter and similar groups, who have not followed his example. I have a feeling that just as he is a forgotten significant historical figure from a tumultuous past, he would be forgotten again because the foundation which inspired him to educate himself has been eradicated and replaced by the desire to be given that which should be earned. Why this man is not a permanent fixture in the minds of Americans on the level of MLK, and invoked on the political landscape, boggles the mind.
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