Up from Slavery

  • by Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by Noah Waterman
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.
He gives an account of his travels, speeches, and meetings with various leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt in the White House. Employing a didactic tone, Washington deftly sets forth his belief that the black man’s salvation lies in education, industriousness, and self-reliance. This is the true-life story of a man of real courage and dedication.
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915), founder of Tuskegee Institute, was a leading educator, author, and statesman who rose from slavery to become internationally famous.


What the Critics Say

"Remains one of the most important works on such an influential African American leader." (Professor Delia Crutchfield Cook, University of Maryland)
"This book is a must-[listen]." (Professor Warren C. Swindell, Indiana State University)


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Customer Reviews

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The Best Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need

I get easily discouraged, so it was with a mixture of shame and outright inspiration that I listened to "Up from Slavery". How can you not be inspired by a man who was born into slavery, barely knowing his mother because hard labor was so constant, a man who worked in a mine when emancipated, who slept on the streets, and went on to have an honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by Harvard, to have the President of the United States of America come speak to his school?
You'll learn about keeping yourself skilled and educated, to be ready when that opportunity presents itself (and it will). Liquor is a waste of time. Be able to think outside the box. Follow your flow by doing that one great thing in your life. Speak from your heart and soul. Reach out to find your common humanity with other races.
A short book for an incredible life. Definitely worth the listen. It'll have you motivated and getting ready to reach for the stars...
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- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"

Reality Check!

It's not often, as a black man in America I get the chance to hear a firsthand account of how African Americans transitioned from slavery into a new world of freedom. The narrator did an amazing job reliving Mr. Booker T. Washington's words over a hundred years after the original writing. I felt like Booker. T Washington was talking to directly to me. What an amazing story. Must have.
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- Mickens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2001
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.