Booker T. Washington's Inspiring Autobiography, "Up From Slavery"

21 Sep 2023
Chad Jones
2:53 m read

Booker T. Washington's "Up From Slavery" is more than just a historical document; it's an inspiring story of perseverance and determination in the face of adversity.


Washington tells the story of his life as a slave and how he eventually rose to become one of the most influential figures in American history. His book is an important piece of history, and it's also a reminder that no obstacles are too great to overcome with hard work and dedication.

Washington was born into slavery in 1856, but he was determined to make something of himself. He worked hard and took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. After the Civil War, he attended college and eventually founded Tuskegee University, one of the most important Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country. At Tuskegee, Washington dedicated himself to educating former slaves and helping them build successful lives for themselves. He believed that education was the key to uplifting black Americans and ensuring that they could participate fully in society.

Washington's work had a profound impact on American society. He was an advisor to several presidents, and his writings influenced generations of black Americans. His autobiography is a must-read for anyone interested in American history or in overcoming obstacles to achieve success.

Perhaps one of the more moving aspects of the book is its presentation of the dignity of the oppressed. For example he cites the story of an old slave who, despite being freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, walked from Ohio to Virginia to pay off his purchase-debt to his previous master, not because it was required by law, but because he had given his word.

In talking to me about this, the man told me that he knew that he did not have to pay the debt, but that he had given his word to the master, and his word he had never broken. He felt that he could not enjoy his freedom till he had fulfilled his promise.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography, Booker T. Washington Open book

Booker T Washington's “Up From Slavery” is an essential piece of American history. It tells the story of Washington's rise from slavery to prominence as one of America's most influential figures. It's also an inspiring story of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. If you're looking for an uplifting read, I highly recommend spending some time with “Up From Slavery.”


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