Up from Slavery
by Booker T. Washington
Autobiography of Booker T. Washington, a man who was born into slavery, but overcame hardships through hard work and diligence. At 25, he became the first principle of Tuskagee college, founded to teach newly freed slaves the skills to gain employment. In this position he rose to become a nationally known figure, and advocate for American freedmen. His story provides great insight into the condition of the former slaves of the south in the years following the civil war.
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