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An Autobiography

Booker T. Washington Louis R. Harlan

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Penguin Classics
07 January 1986
During his unchallenged reign as Black America's spokesman, former slave Booker T. Washington treaded a dangerous middle ground in a time of racial backlash and disenfranchisement. He publicly acquiesced to Whites on the issues of social equality, and he fiercely exhorted Blacks, through his national political machine, to unite and improve their lot. Washington worked ceaselessly through many channels, to gain moral and financial support for his people and for his beloved Tuskegee Institute. This autobiography helped him at these endeavours more than all other efforts combined. It recounts Washington's life - his childhood as a slave, his struggle for education, his founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute, and his meetings with the country's leaders, revealing the conviction he held that the Black man's salvation lay in education, industriousness, and self-reliance.
By:   Booker T. Washington
Introduction by:   Louis R. Harlan
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780140390513
ISBN 10:   0140390510
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   07 January 1986
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born a slave on a Virginia farm. Later freed, he headed and developed the Tuskegee Institute and became a leader in education. Widely considered a spokesman for his people, he emphasized social concern in three books as well as his autobiography. Louis R. Harlan, born in Clay County, Mississippi, in 1922, is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Separate and Unequal (University of North Carolina Press, 1958) and of a two-volume biography of Booker T. Washington (Oxford University Press, 1972, 1983). He is the editor, with Raymond W. Smock, of The Booker T. Washington Papers (13 vols., University of Illinois Press, 1972-84). He has been awarded the Beveridge Prize, Bancroft Prize, and Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Washington.

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