April 5: Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington, American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents, was born on this date in 1856. Listen to the audiobook version of his autobiography and explore other resources about this important figure in American History.

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Up from Slavery

Up from Slavery is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington available from the Lit2Go website. Duration: 8 hours.

PDF of Up from Slavery

You can download a PDF for each chapter of Up from Slavery. From the audio chapter page, just click o the “Passage PDF” button to view or print the PDF. Reading level: 9.9. Total word count: 78,196.

"Booker T. Washington," a Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In this poem, Dunbar refers to Washington as “A master spirit for the nation’s need.” Audiobook and PDF. Duration: 1 minute, Reading level: 6.5, Word count: 122

W. E. B. Du Bois on Booker T. Washington

“Chapter 3: Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others” from W. E. B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. Audiobook chapter and PDF. Duration: 29 minutes, Reading level: 10.2, Word count: 4,864