Essay about Up from Slavery
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