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Up From Slavery Booker T Washington was a man beyond words He rose up from slavery delivering speech after speech expressing his views on how to help raise Americas view of the African American He felt that knowledge was power not just knowledge of books but knowledge of agricultural and industrial trades He felt that the African American would rise to be an equal in American society through hard work Washington founded a school on these principles and it became the worlds leader in agricultural and industrial education for the Negro He put his heart and soul into his school Tuskegee Institute and gained great respect from both the white and black communities Many of the countrys white leaders agreed with his principals and so he had a great deal of support Booker T Washington cleared the way for the black community too fully enter the American society Washington was born into slavery on April 5 1856 in Franklin County Virginia on a small tobacco plantation His only true relative was his mother Jane who was the plantations cook His father was thought to have been the white son of one of their neighbors Washington spent his early years on the plantation He did the small jobs such as carrying water to the field hands and taking corn to the local mill for grinding This hard work at an early age filled him the values he would teach for the rest of his life Washington and his mom were freed after the civil war His stepfather had escaped earlier and had gotten a job in Malden West Virginia at a salt furnace so Washington and his mother went to live with him Life was tough in Malden Drinking gambling quarrels fights and shockingly immoral practices were frequent Washington himself got a job in the salt furnace and often had to go
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