Born and raised a slave, Booker T. Washington rose from subjugation to become the voice of post-Reconstruction black America.
In his 1901 autobiography, Washington chronicles more than forty years of his life, from his childhood on a Virginia plantation to founding an Alabama school for freedmen and minorities. At the heart of Washington’s teachings were the inspiring qualities he himself possessed in order to climb: self-reliance, hard work, perseverance, and a passion for education.
Up from Slavery is critical, insightful reading for understanding the African American experience at the turn of the twentieth century.
Revised edition: Previously published as Up from Slavery, this edition of Up from Slavery (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.