Up From Slavery: With Related Documents by Booker T. WashingtonUp From Slavery: With Related Documents by Booker T. Washington

Up From Slavery: With Related Documents

byBooker T. Washington

Paperback | September 20, 2002

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.90 online 
$20.99 list price
Earn 95 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


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.
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...
Title:Up From Slavery: With Related DocumentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.18 × 5.99 × 0.46 inPublished:September 20, 2002Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin'sLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312394489

ISBN - 13:9780312394486

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

  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
  The Document
    Up From Slavery
  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
    A Washington Chronology (1856-1915)
    Questions for Consideration
    Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"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."