Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

“I was born a slave…in the midst of the most miserable, desolate, and discouraging surroundings.” Thus begins Booker T. Washington’s account of his incredible journey from a child enslaved on a Virginia plantation to one of the leading speakers and educators of the late 1800s. Washington shares formative experiences. He recalls carrying books to school for his master’s children while wishing he himself could learn and tells the story of how, after his family was emancipated, he walked almost 500 miles to enroll in a new school for Black people. Washington went on to found the famous Tuskegee Institute so that he could help others in his community receive a good education.

Throughout his personal anecdotes, Washington expresses his belief in the importance of education for creating a future free from oppression, particularly for Black people. His autobiography, and the ideas expressed within its pages, continue to spark conversation today, more than 100 years after its publication.

Book Reviews


Very Good Historical Read5 star

I had not read about the life of Booker T. Washington before. He lead a very impressive life during a period in our history that deserved his forward thinking, stamina and dedication to the cause of racism in our Country. This autobiography has left me with a heartwarming feeling knowing in his time, post-slavery era, that there were people, both white and black, willing to help with the education and self-supporting work opportunities for those who were so neglected in these areas in the past. I think this book, in my opinion, with its historical significance should be read by all.55

O. Hugh Legister

Up From Slavery3 star

Timeless. It is about being a productive member of society. It gives insight to the strength of character and discipline required to serve and command respect.35


Great lessons for all time5 star

I did not know the complete history of booker T Washington. I found myself looking forward to my morning reading time to learn more about this remarkable individual who, by fulfilling his life’s purpose, as forever impact of thousands both now and in the future. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book and learn from it on a personal level.55


Up From Slavery - Great Book5 star

Very informative and interesting read. Booker T. Washington’s life and work should be known to all people, the obstacles he overcame and the people he met and worked with, from the common man to U.S. Presidents. Definite must read.55


Review.5 star

Good book. He left a legacy to all.55

Cinnamon Lady 10

Up From Slavery5 star

This Autobiography of Booker T. Washington is absolutely life-changing. This Book should be Required Reading for ALL Students in America. It shapes one's mind as to achievable pursuit of excellence in education, labor and industry. And if you are grown and have not read this book yet, it's never too late to be enlightened, inspired and empowered. BUY THIS BOOK TODAY. Because Our Nation is in CRISIS And UP FROM SLAVERY, is definitely part of the solution!55

Southern Ladye

A necessary read for all4 star

As we find ourselves in 2018 part of a country divided, it is eye opening to read of the life, struggles, and successes of Booker T. Washington. His message of encouragement, commitment, and hope is so needed today.45


Up From Slavery5 star

Outstanding! This book should be a part of the curriculum in every school in America. No matter the color of one’s skin, or their financial wherewithal. Booker T. Washington led not by mere words, but through the consistency of his entire life, in using his hands, heart and mind. Clearly one of the greatest Americans ever.55


BKFinest5 star

Very good read, informative and inspirational.55

Charles Whiting

Up from slavery review5 star

Great book. Inspirational and motivational.55

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