Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

by Booker T. Washington

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Up from Slavery is the autobiography of African-American leader Booker T. Washington, who was born as slave and reached many heights of his career through education, which eventually made him to become the unchallenged leader of African-American community for nearly two and half decades.

In this book, Washington narrates his fifty years of life, starting as a slave child to climbing the social ladder to become a multifaceted personality of an educator, writer, orator and adviser to key political positions including presidents of the United States. Washington categorically divided his work to seventeen chapters with major themes including education, What it means to be your own person, Industriousness, Humility, Unity, Reform, The people's capacity for change, Thrift, and Poverty among the black population.