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Up From Slavery

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The foremost black American spokesman of the 19th century tells his own story while exhorting blacks to self-reliance and improvement. Included in the narrative are Washington's account of his childhood as a slave, his struggle for education, his founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute, and his meetings with civil leaders. The book reveals the author's convition that the black man's salvation lay in education, industriousness and self-reliance.