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Books by Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington wrote fourteen books and countless newspaper and magazine articles, and delivered thousands of speeches during a 20 year period (1895-1915) that historians call "the Booker T. Washington Era."

Following are about half of Dr. Washington’s books, along with several of his articles, letters and speeches. We hope to place all of Dr. Washington's publications on-line, easily accessible and readable for all.

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1896 Daily Resolves

A tiny pamphlet helping students to stay focused on helping others.

1899 The Future of the American Negro Project Gutenberg

“…educated Negroes should give more attention to the history of their race; should devote more time to finding out the true history of the race.”

1900 Sowing & Reaping Google Books, Free

“…I am not now, and never have been, opposed to any man or woman getting all the education he or she can. the more the better.” (Chapter 7)

1900 Story of My Life (1) Google Books, Preview • (2) Google Books, Preview

The first installments of his early life published in newspapers of the day.

1901 Up From SlaveryProject Gutenberg

His Autobiography. A classic, translated into 16 languages, inspired millions. Still popular today.

1901 Character BuildingProject Gutenberg

Booker T. met regularly with students on Sunday evenings to talk about the important things in life outside of books. Timeless wisdom and common sense.

1910 The Negro Problem Project Gutenberg

Essays by notable Blacks of the day. Leading off: B.T. Washington, Timothy Fortune, W.E.B. DuBois, and several others.

1911 My Larger Education (1) University of North Carolina, Documenting the American South • (2) Google Books, Free

"...I have gotten a large part of my education from actual contact with things, rather than through the medium of books."

1913 The Story of Slavery Project Gutenberg

"...At first the slave traders purchased slaves only from the native chiefs. These slaves were generally prisoners who had been taken in the tribal wars."


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