Essay about Up from Slavery

1724 Words Oct 6th, 2012 7 Pages
Up From Slavery Throughout my life I have heard that a person’s success or failure in life is based on how they were raised. When one looks at American slavery, it seems as if the life of a slave would never turn out to be great due to the horrors of being held captive by the system of slavery. But in spite of how terrible a person’s upbringing may have been, I believe that anyone can be successful in life by faith, hard work, and perseverance. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington is a great example of how anyone can succeed in life. When I think of the title of Mr. Washington’s autobiography, I think about a slave who decided to forget the past, and press onward to a higher place in life. Consider this quote by Booker T. …show more content…
“Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously, than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe” (Booker T. Washington, 577).
Mr. Washington was not suggesting that slavery was moral, but that black people became stronger and skilled because of it. Labor was something that both races desired to avoid on the plantations. It was work that was considered to be inferior to any other work there was. Since blacks engaged in heavy labor due to the system of slavery, what was looked down on in the eyes of whites actually strengthened the black race. The handicraft that the slaves had mastered during slavery would also be a foundation to a new life when they were freed. On the contrary, the masters of the slaves would be at a disadvantage because they never engaged in labor since the slaves cared for them and their plantations. I believe this is a vital point that one can learn from in life. That even in the worse times in a one’s life, there is always something that they can gain that will benefit them in the future. Therefore, it’s best not to despise times of trials or sufferings because every day is a learning experience.
“So far as I can now recall, the first knowledge that I got of the fact that we were slaves, and that freedom of

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