Up from Slavery
Up from Slavery is the autobiography of a great Southern educator--Booker T. Washington. Washington begins his story when he was a slave on a Virginia plantation. After the war, Washington struggles to get an education by going to the Hampton Institute. The training at this school becomes the model by which Tuskegee Institute patterns itself. Washington's philosophy of dignified labor has always been attacked by the elitists among the black intellectuals. Nevertheless, Washington demonstrates both by word and by deed that whenever anyone is best at what he does, people just cannot help but to admire and respect that individual, regardless of race or nationality.