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Up from Slavery (AmazonClassics Edition) by [Booker T. Washington]
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Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856–1915) was an African American author, educator, civil rights pioneer, and presidential advisor.

Booker T. Washington was moved by his mother to West Virginia following emancipation. Washington worked as a manual laborer to pay for his studies at Hampton Institute, a school for freedmen and their descendants. From there, Washington received honorary degrees from Harvard and Dartmouth and, in 1881, was recruited to build and lead a new school for blacks in Tuskegee, Alabama. He remained there for the next thirty years, establishing himself as the most vocal and prominent educator of the post-Reconstruction era. 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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B088R4BZX2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ AmazonClassics (June 23, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 23, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1454 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 223 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I just wanted to say that the book is not difficult to read unless you’re not good at understanding language in general.
Another reviewer gave an unsatisfactory review because the language “was too hard to understand” so she had to exchange it for a different version.
I personally don’t mind the older language used because that keeps you enveloped in the story and it’s happenings. I’d rather read a biography that hasn’t been rewritten 20 times over because there is always risk of taking away from the power and point of what the person was trying to express. There also risk of people forgetting how language was spoken back then; just as the Bible has lost many of its humble beginnings through hundreds of rewrites, that may happen to important biographies written by black people and their allies before and after slavery.
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