This is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington (1856-1915). He was born into slavery in Franklin County, Virginia, on the Eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. As a youth he worked in the Salt Mines near Charleston, West Virginia, and then graduated from Hampton (now) University and attended Wayland Seminary in D.C. Three years later, the President of Hampton asked him, at the age of 25, to become the leader of a new teacher's college in Alabama named Tuskegee at the time located in a local church. For the next thirty year he devoted his live to developing Tuskegee. He took a special interest also in developing the HBCU that is now known as West Virginia State University back in Charleston. He was an outstanding national leader of the African-American community along with W. E. B. Du Bois who argued for a more less emphasis on self-help and more emphasis on changing institutions.
New York: Grammery Books, a 1993 reprint of a 1901 release. 232 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.