Essay about Booker T. Washington: 'Up from Slavery

2688 WordsSep 27, 199911 Pages
The autobiography of Booker T. Washing titled Up From Slavery is a rich narrative of the man's life from slavery to one of the founders of the Tuskegee Institute. The book takes us through one of the most dynamic periods in this country's history, especially African Americans. I am very interested in the period following the Civil War and especially in the transformation of African Americans from slaves to freemen. Up From Slavery provides a great deal of information on this time period and helped me to better understand the transition. Up From Slavery provided a narrative on Washington's life, as well as his views on education and integration of African Americans. All though this book was written in the first year of this century I…show more content…
He worked as a janitor there to support himself and pay his tuition, room, and board. At the Hampton Institute, Booker met General Armstrong, a white man and the principal of the Hampton Institute. Armstrong made a great impression on Booker. He writes: "a great man-the noblest, rarest human being that it has ever been my privilege to meet...part of that Christlike body of men and women who went into the Negro schools at the close of the war by the hundreds to assist in lifting up my race." <br><br>While at the Hampton Institute, Washington learned important lessons about education that would stay with him the rest of his life. These lessons included the fact that keeping clean was an important part of a person's self worth. He also learned that education does not mean that one was above manual labor. Washington felt that education should be well rounded and that a person should learn to love labor. He should also become self reliant and useful to those around him. He believed that a person should not be selfish and should lead by example. Washington would take these lessons with him to the Tuskegee Institute where he would later be the principal. <br><br>In May of 1881, General Armstrong received a request, from a group of philanthropists, to suggest a principal for a new school for colored people in a small town in Alabama
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