Booker T. Washington

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Booker T. Washington “Up From Slavery'; inspired readers across the nation. People of this time had realized that they could no longer expect support from the federal government, in their struggle for dignity and opportunity in the south, so many blacks concluded that self-reliance, self-help, and racial solidarity were their last best hopes. So, people saw Booker T. Washington as their champion and adopted his autobiography, up from slavery. In Franklin County, Virginia Washington was given birth too. He was raised as a slave until after the civil war when he and his family were declared free. Washington does not no know much about his family history other than his ancestors, form his mothers side, suffered in the middle passage of the slave ship while being conveyed from Africa to America. Washington and his family lived in a typical log cabin, which was fourteen by sixteen feet square. The log cabin was not only their living space, but also used as the kitchen for the plantation. His life went fast and devoted all of his time into some kind of labor each and everyday and no time for sports. After the civil war was over, all blacks were free and they felt that they should change their names and leave their plantations either for a couple of days or weeks in order to really feel free. As Washington grew older he gets a job working at a salt-furnace, working with his stepfather, he asked if he can go to school, his stepfather said no that your responsibilities are here now. Washington decided, that he would learn something anyway and applied himself into mastering the blue-beck speller. This wasn’t helping so he made arrangements for night school with a teacher and felt that he learned more than any other kids. Then Washington gets a job working at a coal mine, while working their he hear good things about Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. So he decides to keep working at the coal mine for a couple of months until he finds a new opening and he then gets hired working for Mrs. Ruffiner as a servant. He and she became very close friends who could trust each other. Washington saves up some money and decides he wants to try to get into Hampton Institute so he leaves for it. When he gets their the teacher gave h... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh allot of harsh times. They where deprived of all their rights as citizens. They could eat in the same place as a white person, I think this would be very hard. Also they could not sit in front of the bus, the first lady who tried to sit in front of the bus was Rosa Parks and she was arrested. Booker T. Washington made a big step when he got enrolled at Hamilton Institution. The African American community was very delighted and happy to see some one from their race going to college. They all helped him and supported him in any way they could, some even gave him money. I think Booker T. Washington was a role model for all the people in this nation and not just the African Americans. Reading this book helped me realize how hard it was for the African Americans and what they went through. It also gave me a better understanding of what they had to do in order to get their freedom. I also now know what the time was like after the African Americans where given their freedom. I strongly recommend for any one who does not understand what the African American Society went through after their freedom, they should read this book “up from slavery.';

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