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Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
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May 06, 2016

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction

Booker T Washington was a very admirable figure, but his book is pretty dull. Besides, his silences about major issues, such as racial segregation, forced disenfranchisment, violence against black people (lynchings), and violent racial uprisings in the south at this time, are, I think, loud silences which beg the question of who his audience is intended to be. Rather than as an honest autobiography, I read this book as an overt plea to the upper class whites, for funding for his school. It was more of a "this is what I've been through, this is what I've achieved, this is why you should donate money to this cause." Hardly any personal information (i.e., thoughts, feelings, fears, friendships, etc.), almost no anger... The narrative was altogether very stiff and forced.
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Asha Isable Thanks for the real review. There are mostly positive reviews of the book, because it is so famous , but the more I learn about him, the more I wonder what makes this a masterpiece. I haven't read the book, but your review closely mirrors the criticism and complaints of Washington and your perception of the man seems to be very accurate. I now know what I get when I do read it

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