Booker T Washington, W.E.B.DuBois and Fredrerick Douglass are important historical figures in the black slavery experience. To me they are the Fathers of black American freedom and liberty from slavery. One cannot understand the personal and individual experiences that former slaves went through to gain their freedom until they come into contact with the lives of these former slaves. I highly recommend this book. You get three great books for the price of one, and the wealth of knowlege in this book would change your life forever, it has changed mine.