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Up from Slavery Audiobook

Up from Slavery

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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.

Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nineteenth-century African American businessman, activist, and educator Booker Taliaferro Washington's Up from Slavery is one of the greatest American autobiographies ever written. Its mantras of black economic empowerment, land ownership, and self-help inspired generations of black leaders, including Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan...The potency of his philosophies are alive today in the nationalist and conservative camps that compose the complex quilt of black American society." (Amazon.com review)
"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-read." (Professor Warren C. Swindell, Indiana State University)

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    "Brilliant"

    Very inspiring reading for all races, and all ages. Some educational institutions could learn a lot from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    11/02/17
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    "Inspiring and relevant"

    It is no exaggeration to say that Booker T Washington stands out as one of the great people in the history of the United states. What he accomplished with his boundless optimism and hard work is incredible and wonderful. Listening to this biography has been a rare pleasure. I'm reminded of the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling: Such lines as "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;" and "If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch," and "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone," describe this great man so well. This is a must listen audio book about a person born into slavery who became a shining light that inspires us all.

    Narration is outstanding.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mickens
    08/06/16
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    "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.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • twyla
    dublin, OH, United States
    15/01/14
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    "Excellent Autobiography! Highly Recommend"

    This was an excellent account of the life of Booker T Washington, very inspirational and informative - definitely a good read. I did not find the narrator very effective, but the story is so interesting that I learned to get used to him. This is a wonderful historic account of self determination, hard work, and true rags to riches - B T Washington is an inspiration to all and his story is full of life lessons useful to all! Highly Recommend.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    10/02/17
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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...

    36 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Jonnie
    Panama City, FL, United States
    16/09/09
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    "Inspiring and Educational"

    Booker T. Washington was truly a great man and this was a very good book. This book remains an excellent guidebook on how to build and live a truly worthwhile life. The simple ingredients remain: hard work, building a righteous character through practical means and being a blessing to other people.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    United States
    09/01/15
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    "I HAD NO IDEA!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is an amazing historical account of a very important time and very important events in American history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Booker T Washington's unyielding optimism, determination and strength of character. He was a truly exceptional individual who accomplished some unbelievable things against impossible odds.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Waterman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first, but I look forward to more.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Devaughn
    Detroit, MI, United States
    14/05/12
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    "Listen and learn"
    If you could sum up Up from Slavery in three words, what would they be?

    Wow! WHAT A BOOK


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up from Slavery?

    Going to Europe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    building a furnace to make bricks


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    BEYOND LIMITS, BOOKER T WASHINGTON


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
    Ashburn, VA, USA
    13/02/07
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    "Up From Salvery"

    Excellent book - classic and educational. You can imagine what Mr. Washington had to go through to get his education.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    Yreka, CA, USA
    25/05/03
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    "Great man, great audiobook"

    Wow! what an incredible human being! This story made me and my whole life seem insignificant. I drove the long way home some nights just to get more time to listen to this book.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Carol J. Stoltenberg
    15/05/12
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    "Inspirational"
    If you could sum up Up from Slavery in three words, what would they be?

    Up from Slavery shoud be required reading in all classrooms, at least. At best, families or, for that matter, single parents and their children should read it together. There are many positive, encouraging and wise comments in this book for all races to absorb. I wondered out loud when I finished, "where are you now, Booker?"


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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