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Up from Slavery (1901)

de Booker T. Washington

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Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American.
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    Truth Stranger than Fiction: Father Henson's Story of His Own Life de Josiah Henson (HistReader)
    HistReader: Both former slaves erect establishments which advance their race: Henson, a city with industry and schools; and Washington, a learning institution which was well respected. As well, both men went on to attend, as esteemed guests, events which had not been graced with the representation of non-Whites. Henson, the World's Fair in London; Washington, the Atlanta Exposition.… (més)
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Rating this a 5 based on historical importance.

This is not so much an autobiography of Booker T. Washington, a great man indeed, but of his life's work - the founding of what is now Tuskegee University.

After reading this book I understand why it's controversial, but it's always important to take things in context - why it was written, who it was written for, the experiences of the person writing, and the time in which it was written. Although I will admit that I was occasionally taken aback by a few things Washington writes.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, learned much, and it inspired me to want to know more.

Recommended. ( )
  paroof | Nov 27, 2022 |
Whatever charges of too much faith in white folks giving black folks their rights,
via their "pleasure" or "duty,"
Booker T. Washington created The Tuskegee Institute with No building or supplies!

He borrowed $500, bought 10 acres of land (in Alabama!) and built a school based on agriculture,
construction, education and a successful brick foundry.

Along with his many other gifts - advisor to Theodor Roosevelt and fund raiser supreme among them -
he was well known as a Great Teacher!

Unfortunately, his lightweight descriptions of the horrors of slavery contradict all of his
fellow men and women who had been enslaved. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 5, 2022 |
Washington chronicles his life from experiencing emancipation when he was young, to struggling to learn as much as he could while enduring a difficult life of child labor, to not only finding a school in which he became educated but also teaching there and then building his own school literally from the ground up.
An important book still, all these years later. I'm very glad I finally got round to reading it. ( )
  electrascaife | Jun 19, 2022 |
Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington, author; Jonathan Reese, narrator
I have read a mix of fiction and non-fiction offerings from Ibram Kendi, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angie Thomas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Mosley, Colson Whitehead, Isabel Wilkerson, and more; add Robin DiAngelo to the mix as well, though she is an outlier and a white author, and I have been presented with the opinions and philosophies of what I hope is a broad and more diverse group of ideas that will help me to better understand the situation in society today which has often grown violent with controversial demands that sometimes seem beyond reason. Racial conflist is growing rather than declining as it had been. The way in which ideas have been recently interpreted and events conducted, by a diverse group of people, seemingly seeking what they believe is justice, has been very controversial and unsettling forthe rest of society. If thery do not get what they demand, they view the decisions as unjust and often follow up the refusal with violent demonstrations that are destructive and unacceptable by most of society's standards. This is divisive and does not inspire unity, but rather separate "safe spaces".
Although the book is sometimes repetitive, the absolute brilliance of this man, from a background of slavery, shines through. He was invited to visit with Queen Victoria. He was able to rub elbows with the rich and famous, even Presidents Cleveland and McKinley, as well as Senators, and other dignitaries, and to travel the world and gain acceptance, and also the respect from others, that most of us would never dream of experiencing. He was a gentleman, but he often believed he had to know his place in society, and so did others of his race, in order to compete. This was to grow into a controversial theme, later in his life, as those that became educated had different approaches to the advancement of "colored" people, as they are called in the book. Yet he was the father of a monumental program to educate the members of his race, just so they could advance in society, after finally being freed from the yolk of slavery. However, today, the idea that others are now promoting so vehemently, is perhaps not stressing education and indusriousness enough, as part of the equation. Knowing one's place is a faulty theory that was alive and well in the south not too many decades ago. I once remarked about how well everyone seemed to get along in a place of such disharmony during the Civil War, and I was told that "they know their place! This horrified me, as a naive Northerner, and led me to understand that the South had not truly come very far, regardless of outside appearnances.
However, getting back to Washington, he had the respect of both the black and white community, but, he also created great controversy. While he believed in peacefully working to advance his race from the bottom up, W. E. B. Du Bois had another opinion. He believed the advancement would take place from the top down. Both men had the ideal of improving the lot of their race; both men had noble intentions. Bottom up or top down, moving forward should be the ultimate goal, rather than promoting hostility by fostering their opposing views, instead of combining them. Currently, we seem to be promoting dissent rather than compromise, separation rather than unification, violence rather than peace, and we are not encouraging education nor are we integrating all people into our society, but are redividing ourselves into competing groups of protesters.
What I admired most about Washington’s philosophy was his desire to earn the right to succeed through hard work, a goal that was once the desire of all benighted people. The type of work is what is in question when it comes to the philosophies of many who wish to rise up. Washington believed in trades as the bedrock of improvement, the cornerstone of advancement. I believe his ideas would have benefited if they were combined with the ideas of Du Bois, for once educated, one should then be encouraged to move on into far higher ambitious professions. To remain in the trades would keep them in the bottom of society, to use the trades, as most groups do, as a stepping stone, would be far more advantageous. His ideas seemed to be more of a foundation and the ideas of Du Bois was the firm foundation on which to build. In addition to Washington’s beliefs about industry, he also included faith-based ideas, ethics, cleanliness, and truly hard work leaving no time for chicanery or failure. He seemed to believe in self-worth, responsibility, honesty and gratitude as important parts of life. He believed that in earning one’s place in society, one attained success.
It is largely a universal belief of many groups of people that as the underdog, they had to be better than others, had to work harder, needed to do something that no one else could best, in order to shine and gain recognition. Being outstanding was believed to be the key to improvement of one’s lot in life. This seemed to be Washington’s basic belief, and he never gave up on it. He never seemed resentful or angry, and was always measured in his behavior and his requests for help. He tempered his requests with his idea that his students must be industrious and must help themselves. In many ways it does sound like the voice of reason. Perhap,though, he was too harsh, at times, but his was a fledgling idea, one that needed to develop, one that was an inspiration to others, and its initial design was perhaps necessary at that time. Demands that were less stringent might not have succeeded as well as his did. His "child", Tuskegee Institute, continued to grow and influence black society for decades.
However, I disagree with his belief that his race should be thankful to slavery for giving them the opportunity to learn how to subsist, to make their way in the world, even sending some people back to Africa to enlighten them so they too, might improve their lot in life. I believe that there is simply no place for slavery in the world, and therefore, the gains made for the black race in terms of survival skills are overshadowed by the abuse they were forced to suffer to learn them. As a person of Jewish descent, a people subjected to abuse for thousands of years, I cannot abide by the notion that any abusive behavior is worthwhile regardless of the interpretation of the ultimate results. Should Jews be grateful that they learned how to defend themselves out of necessity? Washington's peaceful method of solving the race problem is far more acceptable to me, however, than the approach that has grown up today, of rioting and looting, sometimes with violent protest marches. Society has made great strides, and although there is more improvement necessary, the way forward would be better served by the attitude of a measured man who allows conversation and discussion, absent the hostility surrounding all racial issues today. This dysfunction in society is being promoted by the media and some outspoken groups motivated by revenge and recompense. Instead of uniting as Washington had hoped, we are dividing and separating like the yolks from the albumin in eggs. It would be far better to combine the ingredients well.
Booker T. Washington never gave up. He always believed in his own self-worth and wished to advance through his own hard work. He wanted to be a credit to himself, his family and his community, including the wider world around him. He had that same goal for others. He understood that it wasn’t the name he had been given that made him a man, but his character and behavior that did that. He knew that education was the key to advancement. Believing in the best in people often brought out the best in people. He demanded excellence, made no excuses for less than that, and so he achieved excellence from his students. The Tuskegee Institute paved the way for black people, or “colored” people as he refers to them, to rise up from slavery to become important contributors to any country in which they lived. How people behave is a choice and Washington demanded that they chose wisely to improve themselves in all ways. To me his approach is best described in the reference he makes to the statement, “Cast down your bucket where you are”. ( )
  thewanderingjew | May 1, 2022 |
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