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Booker T. Washington Papers Volume 1
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Here is the first of fifteen volumes in a project C. Vann Woodward has called "the single most important research enterprise now under way in the field of American black history." Volume 1 contains Washington's Up from Slaver, one of the most widely read American autobiographies, The Story of My Life and Work, and six other autobiographical writings. They are a good first step toward understanding Washington because they reveal the moral values he absorbed from his min-nineteenth-century experiences and teachers, and they present him to the world as he wished to be seen: the black version of the American success hero and the exemplar of the Puritan work ethic, which he believed to be the secret of his success. His writings served a success model for many blacks who wished to overcome poverty and prejudice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. p. vii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xl
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  1. The Story of My Life and Work
  2. pp. 1-210
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  1. Up from Slavery
  2. pp. 211-388
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  1. A Letter to the Editors of the Southern Workman
  2. pp. 389-391
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  1. "Early Life and Struggle for an Education"
  2. pp. 392-393
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  1. "Christmas Days in Old Viriginia"
  2. pp. 394-397
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  1. An Extract from "The Privilege of Service"
  2. pp. 398-399
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  1. Extracts from The Story of the Negro
  2. pp. 400-417
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  1. My Larger Education
  2. pp. 418-458
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 459-469
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