Up From Slavery: An Autobiography (version 2)

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.8 stars; 67 reviews)

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington sharing his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, to his work establishing the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to help black people learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and Native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. (Mark Nelson) (7 hr 22 min)


Preface & Introduction 19:09 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 1 30:00 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 2 24:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 3 27:18 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 4 22:01 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 5 14:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 6 18:05 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 7 15:34 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 8 19:41 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 9 19:04 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 10 19:29 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 11 18:05 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 12 25:37 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 13 27:02 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 14 28:51 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 15 40:33 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 16 34:08 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 17 39:00 Read by Mark Nelson


Touching and Inspirational

(4 stars)

The first few chapters especially give a history of the first 25 years after emancipation from the perspective of a former slave are indispensable! Later chatters focus more on accolades and the growth of Tuskegee and aren't as interesting, except for certain events. Still, it is a book with reading and one Americans should read for the history and also Washington's attitude and philosophy, which I think still matters: educate yourself, gain skills, work hard. Rise up.

(5 stars)

I wish I had read this inspiring book many years ago. It contains much wisdom as well as chronicling the early years of freedom for black slaves. He understood the physical degradation whence the slaves had come. Since slaves had to endure the work forced on them, one of Washington's tasks was to instill in them the love of work for its own sake.

(5 stars)

Excellent book, surely to be banned by the left soon for countering their agenda of hatred and victimhood. Mr Washington sounds like a fine man who did everything possible to make the world a better place for all people - unlike the modern race baiting politicians who preach division. Every child - white and black - should be made to read this.

(5 stars)

In our climate that is so hostile towards others, it was refreshing to read this Autobiography. I think these issues raised should be taken to heart by all people. These issues should be talked about and taught and read in our schools and community.


(5 stars)

I really enjoyed the book. The style is mostly interesting, but the story and the man are interesting and inspiring. The reader does a fantastic job of reading plainly, pleasantly, and without injuring a fantastic read.

Very fascinating

(4.5 stars)

It was interesting to learn more about this man and his personal history. His view of the world over 100 years ago could still be applied today in 2017.

Great book

(5 stars)

The reader did a great job. The book is a fascinating book. I would recommend this book to every high schooler before they go to college.

(5 stars)

very nice and interesting book. would definitely read it again