Analysis Of The Book ' Up From Slavery '

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Booker Taliaferro Washington was born into a slave family in a plantation in Hale’s Ford, Franklin County, Virginia in 1856. This paper offers a book report of his autobiography, ‘Up from slavery’. The author rose to become one of the most influential (black) leaders in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. He is widely considered as an advocate for improved race relations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with special focus on social development of the blacks and creating institutions that will ensure the same. He also advocated for economic independence in relation to the southern agricultural economy; his commitment to equality was later regarded as a significant influence on black socio-economic development.
The legacy of Booker T. Washington was formed from his childhood days through to adulthood. After freedom came to Washington and his family, they moved to West Virginia where he performed a variety of manual jobs to aid in the subsistence of his family, and since it was the only way he could be productive. It was there that Washington through his determination managed to get trivial and or basic education. At that time no public schools existed for the blacks, as such, black families had to pay a little fee every month for their children to be homeschooled by volunteer teachers, who would come to each family’s cabin for lessons. Washington used to wait earnestly and looked forward for the “teacher’s day”, all in the quest to learn…
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