Up from slavery by booker t washington he knew his role and performed it well...

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Up from slavery by booker t washington he knew his role and performed it well...

  1. 1. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington He Knew His Role And Performed It Well...Nineteenth-century African American businessman, activist, and educatorBooker Taliaferro Washingtons Up from Slavery is one of the greatestAmerican autobiographies ever written. Its mantras of black economicempowerment, land ownership, and self-help inspired generations of blackleaders, including Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, andLouis Farrakhan. In rags-to-riches fashion, Washington recounts hisascendance from early life as a mulatto slave in Virginia to a 34-year termas president of the influential, agriculturally based Tuskegee Institute inAlabama. From that position, Washington reigned as the most importantleader of his people, with slogans like cast down your buckets, whichemphasized vocational merit rather than the academic and politicalexcellence championed by his contemporary rival W.E.B. Du Bois.Though many considered him too accommodating to segregationists,Washington, as he said in his historic Atlanta Compromise speech of1895, believed that political agitation alone would not save [the Negro],and that property, industry, skill, intelligence, and charact er would provenecessary to black Americans success. The potency of his philosophiesare alive today in the nationalist and conservative camps that composethe complex quilt of black American society.
  2. 2. Features:* ISBN13: 9780451531476* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.Personal Review: Up From Slavery by Booker T. WashingtonA fascinating read about the life and times of Booker T. Washington andhis march from slavery to one of the foremost men of his time.His views may seem quite antiquated in todays world, given what hashappened and not happened in the last 100 years in race relations and it iseasy to see how Black leaders of today might be critical of Washingtonsviews and perspectives.But to do so would be to make the all too common mistake of imprintingand transferring todays value system and experiences on a culture andtime of long ago. Anyone can look back with 20-20 hindsight and criticize.What matters most is having a plan to move forward from where y ou are,and Booker T. Washington certainly had that. His is a remarkable story ofcourage, grace, and iron-willed determination, for himself and for his race.While todays leaders and purists might criticize Washington, it shouldnever be forgotten that he took the first steps and led his race and theentire South in the first steps, no matter how imperfect they may be inhindsight, up and away from slavery.There had to be a Booker T. Washington to bridge the gap between whatwas and what was to be. He knew his role and peformed it well. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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