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- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
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- Language: English
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Up from Slavery: an autobiography Kindle Edition
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He makes a decision to look for the good where and in whomever ever he may find it. I have heard it said that he is not highly esteemed among some in the African American community because he chose not to resent and hate those who enslaved him. He sees those who thought they could own another man as victims of their own warped sensibilities. He sought to uplift all men by elevating himself and those he influenced to be of such value and merit to their community that any man would respect their contribution.
His mindset reminded me in many ways of Martin Luther King, Jr who believed that men should be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
Booker T Washington was an extraordinary man who achieved the goals he set for himself despite challenges, prejudice, setbacks and fatigue. He became the kind of man he was certain would be respected by all men of good faith and his life proved the wisdom of his ideas. A great read. Highly recommended
Following the freeing of the slaves, Washington worked at a furnace in a mine and then for an old woman. This woman did not keep help very long, as they were fired or left, but he realized that she would be pleased with him if he learned how to work in the way she liked. Following this, he went to college. Upon arriving, he looked like a terrible mess following two months of travel that involved sleeping outside and scrounging for scraps of food. The admissions person gave him a broom and told him to clean a room. While some would feel that it is beneath them as they were now in college, he believed that a great opportunity was upon him and cleaned it 4 times over. When he was finished, he was admitted to the school with employment that paid 75% of his tuition and board.
At Tuskeegee, Washington felt that students must learn academic and industrial skills, so he made it mandatory that all students take part in the labor of building the school, which included the dorms, cafeterias, and classrooms.
Beyond this, Booker T. Washington shows an incredible insight when he states that the institution of slavery was just as injurious to the southern whites as it was to the slaves, and gives many examples throughout. He shows a relationship between southerners that is not quite in line with more popular beliefs. Rather, he shows that much of the support given to Tuskeegee was from white people, and that the local Alabama community was very supportive.
On socioeconomics, he notes instances where families have a large grandfather clock on payments, but no furniture or silverware, and how on Christmas, many of the black southerners were still following the traditions that slavery encouraged where they would get drunk and do nothing all week. It was going to take time to turn the tide that oppression directed them in.
This is a great book and I am sorry that I have not read it until now.
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