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Up from Slavery

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Autobiography of Booker T. Washington, published in 1901. Developed from a series of articles in The Outlook, it tells of his childhood in slavery on a Virginia plantation, of his struggle for education, his schooling at Hampton Institute, and his presidency of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The work concludes with an account of travels, speeches, meetings with leaders including Theodore Roosevelt in the White House, and testimonials to his beliefs and accomplishments. The work has a didactic tone as it sets forth the author's views on the social separation of the races, his faith in education, largely vocational for blacks, and his belief in honesty, industry, frugality, and self-discipline.

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Booker T. Washington (1856—1915) American educationist