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Up From Slavery

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

1. 00 – Preface/Introduction
2. 01 – A Slave Among Slaves
3. 02 – Boyhood Days
4. 03 – The Struggle For An Education
5. 04 – Helping Others
6. 05 – The Reconstruction Period
7. 06 – Black Race And Red Race
8. 07 – Early Days At Tuskegee
9. 08 – Teaching School In A Stable And A Hen-House
10. 09 – Anxious Days And Sleepless Nights
11. 10 – A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw
12. 11 – Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them
13. 12 – Raising Money
14. 13 – Two Thousand Miles For A Five-Minute Speech
15. 14 – The Atlanta Exposition Address
16. 15 – The Secret Of Success In Public Speaking
17. 16 – Europe
18. 17 – Last Words

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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.



- memoir

Once one gets past 1 or 2 chapters each read by loose dentures, accents, missed words, speed reading and finally some good readers then one can try to concentrate on the content. An amazing man trying to balance on a deadly fence while accomplishing incredible feats in a time in history of the transition of an entire race of people.