Booker T Washington once a slave, beat down and told he could do nothing, accomplish nothing now an example to all men, white and colored, raised above others Why Hard work and a desire to do good in this world He accomplishedthan a lot, from getting into a school by sweeping and cleaning a room, to teaching at a night school, to starting Tuskegee, to speaking at huge events at which no black man had ever spoken He met great men, did great things, built a great community, and loved greatly.
He wrote this autobiography about his truly great life He wrote it simply, giving facts in a very interesting way one thing that he felt was important while giving speeches I had a hard time staying interested because I was very busy while reading it and felt like I had to rush to get it done However, I liked it enough to know This second ghost written autobiography of Booker T Washington presents the carefully crafted public persona that he wanted Beneath the mask of a humble, saintly,acetic and patient Negro is a power hungry, self aggrandizing man Washington played his cards close to the vest and was sure that he never offended white people from the North or the South He curried favor with captains of industry such as Andrew Carnegie and Roger Baldwin who eventually set him up for life Nevertheless, Washington created an enduring black institution that still exists Tuskegee University he also created an ideology of self help that was adopted by both Marcus Garvey and Elijah Muhammad.
When Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote the poem, We Wear the Mask , he must have had Washington in mind T Washington, The Most Recognized National Leader, Orator And Educator, Emerged From Slavery In The Deep South, To Work For The Betterment Of African Americans In The Post Reconstruction Period Up from Slavery Is An Autobiography Of Booker T Washington S Life And Work, Which Has Been The Source Of Inspiration For All Americans Washington Reveals His Inner Most Thoughts As He Transitions From Ex Slave To Teacher And Founder Of One Of The Most Important Schools For African Americans In The South, The Trailer ê Up from Slavery PDF by ä Booker T.
Washington Tuskegee Industrial Institute On the one hand, this is a really interesting look at the culture of the South during and just after the period of Reconstruction on the other hand, however, Washington s view of that culture is certainly affected by his wholehearted endorsement of the American Dream, the Horatio Alger myth, and capitalism While it s important to acknowledge the value of hard work and perseverance and while Washington himself did a great deal of good for African Americans, working for years to develop the Tuskegee Institute and working behind the scenes to help individual African Americans, his attitude that anyone who works hard can succeed and his refusal to truly acknowledge the really very serious racial problems the U.
S still faced lynching, Jim Crow laws, etc makes his argument about hard work and cleanliness yes, cleanliness he I think Up from Slavery is one of the most amazing autobiographies ever written Booker T Washington s autobiography was essential to creating the New Negro, the Black American who emerged today I think Up from Slavery is a humorous and motivational work of strength, determination and perseverance.
Booker T Washington s auto biography pretty much disgusted me I use such a strong word here because I was disturbed so many times throughout the read I just can t bring myself to feel anything other than pure disgust as a result of reading what he referred to as his auto biography This was less of an auto biography andof a documentation that served two purposes 1 To describe how he created the Tuskegee Institute2 To thank all of the white folks who assisted in the above referenced effortI went back and forth on what to say in this review because I do not want it to be mistaken that I do not appreciate Mr Washington or his efforts I still admire the monumental things he did for his people in response to his passion for education I clearly recogniz ¹ Up from Slavery · Booker T Washington was a very admirable figure, but his book is pretty dull Besides, his silences about major issues, such as racial segregation, forced disenfranchisment, violence against black people lynchings , and violent racial uprisings in the south at this time, are, I think, loud silences which beg the question of who his audience is intended to be Rather than as an honest autobiography, I read this book as an overt plea to the upper class whites, for funding for his school It wasof a this is what I ve been through, this is what I ve achieved, this is why you should donate money to this cause Hardly any personal information i.
, thoughts, feelings, fears, friendships, etc , almost no anger The narrative was altogether very stiff and forced.
No matter how modestly this man tries to tell his story, the facts of his life shine with the luster of greatness Booker T Washington spent his early childhood as a slave on a plantation in the south After the Emancipation Proclamation was read from the porch steps of the Big House, Booker s ambitions to gain an education and make something of himself propelled him through every obstacle to his goal Booker T Washington was a tireless promoter of education for his race and of Tuskegee, the school for blacks which he founded in Alabama He spent his entire adult life in these two causes and made great strides in elevating the sights and prospects of his people I had never really considered what it must have taken to raise the mindset of an enslaved people once they had freedom While the human soul craves liberty, it does not automatically know how to use that
I enjoyed the first half quite a bit, the latter half much less I am rating the book, not the man, and my rating only expresses how I personally reacted to the book I am of the 21st century This is an autobiography and it is published long ago in 1900 Booker T Washington lived from 1856 1915 He was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia The exact year of his birth is not known Some say 1856 he guesses maybe 1858 or 1859 Neither can we identify his father the guess is he was white During the Reconstruction Booker was still a youth He worked at a corn mill and later in a coal mine, got himself educated at Hampton Institute, became a teacher, an author, an orator particularly famed for his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech and even met with President McKinley He found While I admired Booker T Washington s ability to see the world so optimistically in his autobiography Up from Slavery , it would be a lie to say that I was so greatly impressed by Washington s story that I would recommend its placement on school reading lists Considering the plethora of fascinating slave narratives out there, being reprinted and regaining popularity thanks to award winning films like Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave , Washington s memoir about his financial and political struggles during the foundation of his famous Tuskegee Institute seems almost tepid in comparison.
My technical criticism with the book is that it is rather dry and slow paced and lacking in in depth introspection Washington spends only the first few chapters talking about his childhood spent as