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
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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!
The Bible states in Proverbs 20:6 (b), "Who can find a faithful man?" The story of Booker T. Washington demonstrates the life and character of a faithful man committed to the rise and uplift of himself, the Negro race and ultimately all man-kind. He understood that the progress of the Black man to contribute to himself would build his race and the entire community. Washington showed great strength and humility at a time that required a restraint that could save one's life. I am in awe of what he was able to accomplish in the years following his freedom from slavery. Washington's steadfastness and tenacity could only come from God. God uses us to do his work in the earth. Washington allowed himself to be used by God and was probably ridiculed more than he shared in this particular story. Nonetheless, he never let racism deter him from his purpose. Booker T. Washington is a remarkable man with a story to follow. I would recommend this book for any person of any race. His success and what he was able to promote through the Tuskegee Institute is still felt in this present generation and those to come.
It's not often, as a black man in America I get the chance to hear a firsthand account of how African Americans transitioned from slavery into a new world of freedom. The narrator did an amazing job reliving Mr. Booker T. Washington's words over a hundred years after the original writing. I felt like Booker. T Washington was talking to directly to me. What an amazing story. Must have.
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