Up From Slavery: With Related Documents

Paperback | September 20, 2002

byBooker T. Washington

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Up From Slaveryis one of the most widely read African American autobiographies in the English language. It details how prominent African American leader Booker T. Washington rose from slavery to become one of the nation’s most prominent orators and educators at the turn of the 20th century. This reprint of the original 1901 edition is enhanced by 12 related documents and an essay by W. Fitzhugh Brundage that provides students with the necessary background and context to appreciate the role of Up From Slavery in American history. It addresses Washington’s life and career, criticisms of Washington from within the African American community, the social and political context in which the book was published, reactions to its publication, and the ways in which Washington carefully crafted his autobiography to further his cause among white audiences. Document headnotes, a chronology of Washington’s life, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography provide further pedagogical support.

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Up From Slaveryis one of the most widely read African American autobiographies in the English language. It details how prominent African American leader Booker T. Washington rose from slavery to become one of the nation’s most prominent orators and educators at the turn of the 20th century. This reprint of the original 1901 edition is ...

W. Fitzhugh Brundage has taught history at the University of Florida and is now William B. Umstead Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A specialist on the South and modern U.S. history, he is the editor of Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity (2000) and Under Sentence of Death: Ly...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.18 × 5.99 × 0.46 inPublished:September 20, 2002Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin'sLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  Foreword
  Preface
    
PART ONE
  Introduction: An Exemplary Citizen
    Washington's Life
    Writing Up From Slavery
    Critical Response to Up From Slavery
    Washington's Leadership Style
    Up From Slavery and Traditions of Black Autobiography
    Washington's Program of Racial Uplift
    Washington's Career After Up From Slavery
    Washington's Legacy
    
PART TWO
  The Document
    Up From Slavery
    
PART THREE
  Related Documents
    1. Timothy Thomas Fortune, Letter to Booker T. Washington, 1895
    2. Booker T. Washington, Letter to Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney, 1895
    3. Booker T. Washington, An Open Letter to Benjamin Ryan Tillman, 1895
    4. Booker T. Washington, A Statement on Southern Politics, 1900
    5. Booker T. Washington, Letter to John A. Hertel, 1900
    6. Lyman Abbott, Letter to Booker T. Washington, 1900
    7. Booker T. Washington, Letter to Lyman Abbott, 1900
    8. W. E. B. Du Bois, Book Review of Up From Slavery, 1901
    9. William Dean Howells, A Review of Up From Slavery, 1901
    10. Booker T. Washington, Letter to Edgar Gardner Murphy, 1904
    11. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Booker T. Washington and His Critics, 1904
    
  Appendixes
    A Washington Chronology (1856-1915)
    Questions for Consideration
    Selected Bibliography
    
  Index

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"This is an excellent book. It addresses a number of issues important to African American history and literature. The introduction is very successful in exposing the tension between the subject of autobiography--the crafted public self--and the far more complex, indeed enigmatic subject of real life. For those interested in the role of the individual in history, this book sheds light on the way Booker T. Washington used his skills of self-representation to amass power and influence in a racist society--his identity imposed forever upon the politics of racial self-help and the history of the New South."