New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901. First Edition. An emotional manuscript sentiment by Washington "We lift ourselves up in proportion as we lift others, we degrade ourselves in proportion as neglect or oppress others. Booker T. Washington. Oct. 20, 1901" is written on a slip of paper affixed to ffep. 330 pp. Index. Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering; top edge gilt. Decorative previous owner bookplate; minor wear to extremties; else a near fine copy. Item #20205
Booker Washington's autobiography describing 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 vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. HIs book was a best-seller, and remained the most popular African American autobiography until that of Malcolm X. In 1998, the Modern Library listed the book at No. 3 on its list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the 20th century, and in 1999 it was also listed by the conservative Intercollegiate Review as one of the "50 Best Books of the Twentieth Century". - wiki.