Up from Slavery: an autobiography - Booker T. Washington

Up from Slavery: an autobiography

By Booker T. Washington

  • Release Date: 1914-12-31
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 355 Ratings


This is a preservation of significant incidents in the history of slavery in America that coincides with the life incidents of the author, Booker T. Washington, including the Reconstruction period. The author narrates his life struggles beginning with the struggle towards a proper education as a slave and moving on to build a successful career. Previously published as articles in The Outlook, this autobiography was published as a book in New York and London by The Association Press in 1901.


  • A necessary read for all

    By Southern Ladye
    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.
  • Up From Slavery

    By FredX5
    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.
  • BKFinest

    By FlyTy718
    Very good read, informative and inspirational.
  • Up from slavery review

    By Charles Whiting
    Great book. Inspirational and motivational.
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

    By Montisa
    Although the book was free, there are considerable errors in the last chapter with respect to the figures that Dr. Washington provides regarding the progress of Tuskegee. Please note that I am am also following along with an audio-book which gives other numbers. I would double check this online version with a print version.
  • Worlds best book

    By Suryavansi
    So wise and optimistic book,teaches how to hold persistence
  • Loved this book

    By Angitap
    First book read on iphone. Great story of perseverance and perspective on life in the slave days. Focus on balance of skills and knowledge should be taught
  • A great book about a great man

    By LiveOutLoud65
    Up from slavery is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read! I strongly recommend its reading to everyone who cares for his fellow man
  • I highly recommend this book!

    By JackGos
    An amazing story of one man's dedication, perseverance and hard work and unimaginable success - against all odds - in uplifting the black race and thereby inspiring the whole human race to find joy by serving others. This book is so well-written and extremely interesting that it keeps you captivated as you follow Booker T. Washington from slave to great leader of not only the black race, but of the whole human race.
  • A valuable read

    By CT07232014
    This book's greatest value is twofold. It gives insight into the struggles of slavery and reformation during and following the Civil War. Secondly it illustrates the teaching of pupils to embrace hard work and self respect, plus teaching all people of the value of supporting such efforts. While the writing style is dated, the message is as true today as it was then. My only criticism is that Mr. Washington spends too much time quoting sources that praise him. However, I am sure the praise is well deserved, and I wish we had more people like him around today.