Felicia Blackford Mrs. Caruso American History 5/4/2012 Booker Taliaferro Washington Booker Taliaferro Washington was an outstanding black man during the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. He had quite an intriguing life and background. Through the people and tough circumstances in his life, his character was greatly influenced for the better. These circumstances greatly affected his influence and contributions to society. “The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.” These wise words were spoken by Booker T. Washington, who was born a slave and, soon after, was emancipated.
Booker T. Washington Following the smoke of Confederate and Union gunfire emerged the self-reliant and awe-inspiring Booker Taliaferro Washington. As a distinguished black educator, a commanding broker, and an ethical as well as economical constructionist, he stepped up to the podium of civil reform with authority. Life was not easy for young Booker T; from the moment of his delivery on April 5, 1856, he was clamped into bondage. Toiling in the backbreaking salt furnace from the age of ten with his father, whilst partially attending school in Malden, West Virginia was a demanding schedule, which was only alleviated by his acceptance to the Hampton Institute, a school set up by whites to edify newly freed slaves after the Civil War. It was there, he worked as a janitor to support himself and pay his tuition and boarding fee.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great inspiration to many people throughout the country during that time of vast dejection and sorrow. It seems, in this day and age that we the people of the United States, need that inspiration once again. The government can be a great source of inspiration for United States citizens as a whole. The rich society may also be a great help to lower-class America also, because they may find themselves, and their companies, in much better standings than the majority. Subjects such as loan can create job stability and can keep families within their homes.
Freed after the American Civil War, he went with his mother to Malden, W. Va., to join Washington Ferguson, whom she had married during the war. At about age 16 Booker set out for Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, which had been established by the chief of the Freedmen's Bureau to educate former slaves. He walked much of the way, working to earn the fare to complete the long, dusty journey to Virginia. For his admission test he repeatedly swept and dusted a classroom, and he was able to earn his board by working as a janitor. After graduation three years later he taught in Malden and at Hampton.
Booker T. Washington was a great man. He put his own needs aside in order to build the reputation of an entire race. He didn't do it by accusing and putting blame on others, but instead through hard work. Booker T. Washington cleared the way for the black community to fully enter the American society. Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856, in Franklin County, Virginia, on a small tobacco plantation.
Through these achievements though, Booker T. Washington became above all else, a leader. Booker T. Washington was a young boy when the Civil War ended and his family was granted freedom in 1965. Washington recalls, in his autobiography Up From Slavery, all the hardships and struggles that his family endured following their emancipation. Following their release, Booker T. Washington and his family relocated to West Virginia, where he would begin his schooling. In order to afford this, as well as provide for his family, Washington was forced to work in the salt mines, along with much of the other youth in the area.
Washington was the dominant figure in the African American community from 1890 to 1915, especially after he achieved prominence for his Atlanta compromise of 1895. White leaders in politics and philanthropy recognize him as the spokesperson for African American citizens. Representing the last generation of black leaders born into slavery, he was credible when speaking publicy and seeking educational improvements for those freedmen who had remained in New South in an uneasy second-class relationship with whites under the “Jim Crow” system of segregated schools and jobs. He built his leadership of the African American community nationwide through a network of core supporters including black educators, ministers, editors, and business men. He gained access to top national leaders in politics, philanthropy, and education and was rewarded honorary degrees, critics called his network of supporters the “Tuskegee Machine”.
During the time Morgan was manufacturing steel pipe tubing, Carnegie threatened to ruin him by invading his business if Morgan did not buy Carnegie out. E... ... middle of paper ... ... as farmers became more conscious of prices rising to transport their goods, they were forced to find other means of transportation to distribute their goods. Even though these men attempted to build a stable foundation for America to grow on, their negative aspects dramatically outweighed the positive. Even though Andrew Carnegie donated his fortunes to charity, he only acquired the money through unjustifiable actions. As these industrialists continued to monopolize companies through illegal actions, plutocracy- government controlled by the wealthy, took control of the Constitution.
He was only 9 years old when the Civil War ended. When he was ten, he worked in the furnace and as a housekeeper until he finally escaped and got educated at Hampton University after traveling hundreds of miles. He worked many jobs on the journey. This taught him about the people. He learned what people wanted.
Booker T. Washington was a slave for crying out loud and he used that to his advantage to better himself not only education wise, but most importantly in the Lord. To rap it all up one thing that hit close to home is when Mr. Washington said his speech at his Harvard University graduation, and it went a little like this” If my past has meant anything in the uplifting up of any of my people and bringing about of better relations between your race and mine, I assure you from this day it will mean doubly more.” Just by that statement shows how much he admires his past, not for him, but for the ones in need of help, and he doesn’t regret a minute of it.