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Up from Slavery - a book by Washington, Booker T.

Up from Slavery

Up from Slavery( )
Author: Washington, Booker T.
ISBN:978-1-4905-5373-3
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $5.85
Book Description:

Perhaps no other African-American leader has excited a wider range of emotional and intellectual response as Booker T. Washington. Esteemed for his tireless efforts to create opportunities for his oppressed brothers and sisters, renounced for his willingness work with and even seek the favor of their former oppressors, he never lost sight of his goals. Through the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights Movement, it was Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and other great minds of their...
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Pages:142
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.36 Inches
Book Weight:0.6 Pounds
Author Biography
Washington, Booker T. (Author)
Booker Taliaferro Washington, 1856 - 1915 Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Hales Ford, Virginia, near Roanoke. After the U.S. government freed all slaves in 1865, his family moved to Malden, West Virginia. There, Washington worked in coal mines and salt furnaces. He went on to attend the Hampton, Virginia Normal and Agricultural Institute from 1872-1875 before joining the staff in 1879. In 1881 he was selected to head the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, a new teacher-training school for blacks, which he transformed into a thriving institution, later named Tuskegee University. His controversial conviction that blacks could best gain equality in the U.S. by improving their economic situation through education rather than by demanding equal rights was termed the Atlanta Compromise, because Washington accepted inequality and segregation for blacks in exchange for economic advancement.

Washington advised two Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, on racial problems and policies, as well as influencing the appointment of several blacks to federal offices. Washington became a shrewd political leader and advised not only Presidents, but also members of Congress and governors. He urged wealthy people to contribute to various black organizations. He also owned or financially supported many black newspapers. In 1900, Washington founded the National Negro Business League to help black business firms.

Washington fought silently for equal rights, but was eventually usurped by those who ideas were more radical and demanded more action. Washington was replaced by W. E. B. Du Bois as the foremost black leader of the time, after having spent long years listening to Du Bois deride him for his placation of the white man and the plight of the negro. He died in 1915.

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