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by National Book Auctions
November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST | Ithaca, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 1201: Booker T. Washington UP FROM SLAVERY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1901 Author-Signed First Edition African-American Leader Author Educator (251 views)

Booker T. Washington UP FROM SLAVERY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1901 Author-Signed First Edition African-American Leader Author Educator
Estimate: $750 - $1,000
Description: Title: Up from Slavery: An Autobiography Author: Booker T. Washington - Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery, he spoke on behalf of the large majority of blacks who lived in the South but had lost their ability to vote through disfranchisement by southern legislatures. Historians note that Washington, "advised, networked, cut deals, made threats, pressured, punished enemies, rewarded friends, greased palms, manipulated the media, signed autographs, read minds with the skill of a master psychologist, strategized, raised money, always knew where the camera was pointing, traveled with an entourage, waved the flag with patriotic speeches, and claimed to have no interest in partisan politics. In other words, he was an artful politician." While his opponents called his powerful network of supporters the "Tuskegee Machine," Washington maintained control because of his ability to gain support of numerous groups including influential whites and the black business, educational and religious communities nationwide. He advised on financial donations from philanthropists, and avoided antagonizing white Southerners with his accommodation to the political realities of the age of Jim Crow segregation. Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Co. City: New York Year: 1901 Printing Information: First Edition Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 330 pages Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Book Details: "This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook." (author's preface) Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this work. Author's name appears on slip of paper pasted to front flyleaf. Antique volume is bound in maroon cloth, with bright gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows mild external wear. Faint spotting can be seen on rear cover and at head of spine. Interior is clean and without markings. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
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Lot 1201: Booker T. Washington UP FROM SLAVERY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1901 Author-Signed First Edition African-American Leader Author Educator
National Book Auctions
Books and Ephemera - Lennep, Autographs, Nautical, Antiques
November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST