Analysis Of Booker 's ' Up From Slavery '

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Booker Taliaferro Washington began his life in slavery on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia in 1856. In United States during this time, slavery was instituted and Washington’s very first moments began as the victim of the atrocity. In his autobiography, ‘Up from Slavery,’ Washington characterizes the events of his life and offers a unique perspective on the racial prejudice and segregation that he endured. Through his written works and constant effort to better the lives of blacks, during his life the author rose to become one of the most influential African American leaders in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Booker T. Washington is an acclaimed advocate for improved race relations during his time. His efforts were especially focused on the social development of blacks and creating institutions that would ensure their development. He is known for his advocacy of education for African Americans. Washington campaigned for economic sovereignty regarding the agricultural industries in the southern states. For Booker T. Washington’s devotion to equality he is regarded as an influential, salient proponent of the sociological and economic development of African Americans in the United States.
The legacy of this man, Booker T. Washington, was created from the time he was a child to his life as an adult. Following the Civil War and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the abolition of slavery finally succeeded. As such Washington and his family were…
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