Up from Slavery

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Booker T. Washington

Narrated By: Andrew L. Barnes

Publisher: Legacy Audio Books Inc.

Date: September 2015

Duration: 8 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools - most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama - to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps.

He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade (something which is reminiscent of the educational theories of John Ruskin). Washington explained that the integration of practical subjects is partly designed to reassure the white community as to the usefulness of educating black people.

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  • Peyton Keller

    Up From Slavery is a book that I wish I had read years ago because it is so well writyten and narrated. The author was so personable and believable for me, a southern raised white man who became a social worker. HIs story about the "dignity of work" for him starting his education at Hanpton Institute was quite inspiring.I.I really appreciate his place as a Black American former slave struggling to educate his fellow Black man and woman in the American South after Reconstruction.