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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: June 22, 2001
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005MLPI
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HOWEVER - What an amazingly humble but inspirational and successful man he was.
To come from such an under-privileged background to befriending Presidents and even meeting Queen Victoria.
Should be compulsory reading for anyone feeling downtrodden or deprived in any way.
It may be supposed that the author was keeping his audience in mind as he chose his words and topics - he was nothing if not a practitioner of real-politik - but even if you believe yourself competent to accurately read between his lines, you will still find much of what he has to say at least interesting if not unsettling.
I strongly recommend reading this book, and this particular edition is a good value.
Washington was born into slavery, freedom came when he was about six years old. As a child, he worked at farming and coal mining, while he sought an education. All of this time he lived in base poverty.
After saving what little money he could, he set out from his home in West Virginia, for a black school in Virginia. The school was run by a retired Union Army officer, who recognized Washington's ability.
Washington worked his way through school, graduated, and headed home to West Virginia to establish a school for blacks. There wasn't much money in it, but his dream was to help his people escape from ignorance and poverty.
When the state of Alabama wanted to establish a school for blacks, the Tuskegee Institute, Washington was chosen to run it. His budget was pitiful, and he started teaching school in a dilapidated shanty and a hen house. His students tolerated these conditions, along with grinding poverty, because that's what it took to receive an education.
The school always insisted that all students work while they study. They raised crops and animals, made bricks for sale, and built the various buildings which were needed to hold the school's ever expanding population.
Money was always short, and Washington had to spend a lot of his time in the North raising funds. He was a talented speaker, and became famous on that account. He eventually formed relationships with a number of wealthy patrons, who provided funds to run and expand the Tuskegee Institute.
By the time the book was written, the Institute had 6000 graduates working across the South, and had trained a large number of teachers to educate southern blacks.
This book is valuable, both for the information it holds, and for the fine example of Christian love which Washington models.
It was very interesting to read. I discovered details about Mr. Washington that I'd never heard before, which is sad to say. This is the sort of history that needs to be taught. You have a man with a brilliant mind who ended up being something great during a time frame when it just seemed that it would be impossible to given the time.
I highly recommend reading this book. I think one will find that given what this man managed to accomplish, no one has any excuse not to become everything he/she sets out to achieve.
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positive attitude we should all aim for. What an amazing, unapologetic hero!