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Up from Slavery is an autobiographical account of the life of Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856 Alabama. After the Civil War he was educated at the new Hampton Institute in Virginia, and returned to Tuskegee, Alabama to open up schools for the black population. Booker T. Washington was a leading figure in the post Civil War civil rights movement. He quickly developed political skills and used them to fundraise, influence the media, and punish his opponents who resisted his plans for bettering the black community. Washington's abilities and leadership cemented his legacy as a civil rights hero.