Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery Essay

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Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. Courier Corporation, 2012. Print.
Booker Washington wrote the autobiography “Up From Slavery,” which tracked his life from childhood, in slavery, to adulthood, as an educator. In the first segment of the book, he recounted being born on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia, with a vague recollection of the actual birthplace, although he noted that it was near Hale’s Ford, a crossroads post office. He was not aware of the exact year, placing his birth in either 1858 or 1859, as he simply did not know the month or the date. Washington pointed to the horrid living conditions, hard labor in the corn plantation, and even the lack of educational opportunities for children in the farms. Further in the book, he recounted his family’s emancipation after the Civil War, his intense desire for education, and the eventual lead up to formal education. Washington eventually joined the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, which informed his opinion of vocational training. Additionally, he became the first African American to receive an honorary degree from Harvard. Most importantly, though, Washington shared the life lessons he acquired over his lifetime leading up to the writing of the book, and his desire to help others, which led him to open the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute.
Understanding the origin of the man is especially important in analyzing his achievements and positions. The book gives me an insight into Washington’s…

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