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Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery

Author: Booker T. Washington

Year Published: 1901

Description: In his autobiography, Booker T. Washington tells the story of his rise “up from slavery,” and the hard work and dedication that helped him on his journey. Through his love for education (and his determination to attain it), he not only succeeds in going to Hampton University, but also in teaching other students at night schools, and later in vocational schools, most notably the Tuskegee Institute. The threads of human dignity and hard work stitch together his philosophy, resulting in a comprehensive worldview that dictates that “success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

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'Before the end of the year, I think I began learning that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.'  

Up From Slavery


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