Up from Slavery
by Booker T. Washington
Editor: Dover Publications Inc.
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Some chroniclers called the history of blacks from 1881 to, from 1915 to Booker’s Age TWashington” and the label is apt, as he was probably the most prominent spokesman for his race during the Reconstruction periodMany of his famous contemporaries of him a savior — the only man who could make concrete improvements in the lives of African Americans while promoting racial harmonyOthers, in particular the black intellectuals, called him traitor to his race”, stating that his accommodationist position did not only contribute to black deprivation of civil rights and de jure segregation to the latter, but in the words of WEBDu Bois, “practically accepts the alleged inferiority of blacksBut however, one of Booker T’s judgesIn Washington, his vast influence is undeniable, and his autobiography, “From Slavery,” winner of the National Book Award, is an essential read for anyone seeking a glimpse of the black experience in the early 20th century.In “From Slavery,” Washington does not dwell on his relatively brief period of slavery, to focus on his struggle to rise aboveFor a more balanced distribution of the experience of slavery itself, this Collector’s Edition includes excerpts from the slave stories of five lesser known black writers, offering perspective and background to WashingtonThe text is further enhanced by a rich mix of archival material from the New York Public Library of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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