Up From Slavery
An AutobiographyBook - 1996
The African-American educator documents his struggle for freedom and self-respect and his fight to establish industrial training and educational programs for black Americans.
Blackwell North Amer
For half a century from its publication in 1902 Up from Slavery was the best-known book written by an African American. The life of ex-slave Booker T. Washington embodied the legendary rise of the American self-made man, and his autobiography gave prominence for the first time to the voice of a group which had to pull itself up from extreme adversity.
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“success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
"In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work."
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