"Up from Slavery" is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington sharing his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, 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.
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 – 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants.
A Slave Among Slaves
The Struggle For An Education
The Reconstruction Period
Black Race And Red Race
Early Days At Tuskegee
Teaching School In A Stable And A Hen-House
Anxious Days And Sleepless Nights
A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw
Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them
Two Thousand Miles For A Five-Minute Speech
The Atlanta Exposition Address
The Secret Of Success In Public Speaking