The heights of success achieved by Ishmael reveal little of the utter poverty into which he was born. He entered life motherless and poor, and despite the wishes of everyone around, he survived and flourished in his paltry environment. His commitment to character and integrity and his singular focus on preserving his mother's name gave his life focus and purpose. His perseverance and determination to educate himself in law gave him the opportunity to infl influence the highest levels of government. When you reach the end, don't despair!-the drama continues in the sequel, Self Raised! 528 pages, hardcover. Written in 1876.