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Merrix Watson Prof Alexander Feb 17 2000 Imagine being in a position that gave you the power to inspire a race and gain the respect of another Booker T Washington a prominent and extremely successful African-American had that opportunity This opportunity came in the times of the emancipation of slavery And when given the chance he excelled In his book Up from Slavery Booker T Washington exposes readers to the hardships he faced from the time he was a slave until the times he became a leader among African-Americans His book gives detailed accounts of his life from a first It speaks of slavery racism triumph and struggle which all couldnt overpower handwork Hard working was something Washington believed in and was The most in unheard voice at the time of slavery both past and present was that of the African-American women During these periods female accomplishments were not recognized These accomplishments have been brought forth for people to view them in one of many books The book Voice from the South by Anna Cooper combines works of fiction poetry autobiographies and biographies Cooper was one of few black woman of her time to earn a PhD She was a feminist who believed that womens voices shouldnt go unheard The book displays great moments of triumph that conquer over hard bearing obstacles The book is quite interesting one that focuses on black womens writings in the nineteenth and twentieth century The context however seems to jump around from subject to subject which could often confuse the reader This book seems to be drunk on syntax blind to semantics In other words this book tended to use words that went around the subject These books try to focus on all aspects of the struggles of both women of color and of African Americans as a whole A big difference between these books is the fact that one of the voices was heard while the
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