Washington, Booker T.
Title Up from Slavery: An Autobiography
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Fair
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Doubleday, Page & Co. 1901
Seller ID 2201951
First edition. Binder's copy. Boards loose from text block, frontispiece loose but included, some loss from edges of front matter, rear endpapers absent, pencil scribbles on a few pages. The boards are intact with just a bit of rubbing to the spine - with a bit of restoration, this could be an attractive copy. 1901 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 330 pp. 8 x 5 3/8. 8vo. Gilt titles, top edge gilt, frontispiece illustration of the author. 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.