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Full Title Up From Slavery
Author Booker T. Washington
Type of work Autobiography/Non-fiction
Time and place written 1901, Tuskegee, Alabama
Date of first publication 1901
Publisher Hamilton W. Mabie of The Outlook Magazine
Narrator Booker T. Washington
Point of view First-person
Tone Objective, retrospective
Setting (time) 1856-1900
Setting (place) United States: Virginia, Alabama, Washington, D.C.
Protagonist Booker T. Washington
Major conflict The search for meaningful work and the social advancement of African-Americans
Rising action Washington’s attainment of education
Climax The success of the Tuskegee Institute
Falling action Washington’s tour of Europe
Themes Dignity through labor; Selflessness, Desire to be useful to one’s community; Impracticality of political agitation
Motifs Attraction of superficial pleasures and items; Mutual goodwill amongst the best of the races; Learning from and through failure
Symbols Homespun cap; The toothbrush; Henry O. Tanner
Foreshadowing Penniless Washington sleeping under a raised sidewalk in Virginia in Chapter III; Washington’s work as a teacher and leader in Malden, Virginia in Chapter IV; Washington’s invitation to speak on behalf of the city of Charleston in Chapter VI