Up From Slavery

Booker T. Washington’s classic memoir, Up From Slavery (1901) offers one possible gateway to a study the period between 1865 and 1900.  The free online text for this book is available in several locations, but our preferred format can be found at Project Gutenberg: Up From Slavery: An Autobiography  And on this page at the course website, students will also find a map of key events from the text as well as additional resources featured below.

Additional Resources

Profile of Booker T. Washington (Louis Harlan, DocSouth / UNC)

The Story of My Life and Work (Washington’s first memoir)

Booker T. Washington National Monument (National Park Service)

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site (National Park Service)

African American Odyssey: Booker T. Washington Era (Library of Congress)

Image Gallery

Images courtesy of Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina), Library of Congress and PBS

Featured Videos

Here are two very different types of videos to help understand the life and legacy of Booker T. Washington.  The first is a very short and lively life sketch from the Biography channel.  The second video offers a much longer, more thoughtful examination of Washington’s controversial views on racial accommodation, presented by Yale history professor Jonathan Holloway.


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