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Equality Through Knowledge an essay on the views of Booker T Washington Born a slave Booker T Washington rose to become a commonly recognized leader of the Negro race in America Washington continually strove to be successful and to show other black men and women how they too could raise themselves Washingtons method of uplifting was education of the head the hand and the heart From his founding of the Tuskegee Institute in 1881 to his death in 1915 Booker T Washington exerted a tremendous influence on the people that surrounded him With his emphasis on industrial education Washingtons approach gave African-Americans hope of accomplishment and success Growing up in Franklin County Virginia Booker was a young slave living on a plantation in a cold dismal cabin with his mother being the plantation cook He struggled through the hardships not unlike all the other slaves in the country Booker T Washington did not know his own father which sounds very terrible but was nothing unusual to young children of enslaved mothers However Bookers thoughts and feelings were different from what youd suspect Booker states I do not find especial fault with him his father He was simply another unfortunate victim of the institution which the Nation unhappily had engrafted upon it at the time4 Booker T Washington was engulfed in labor throughout his adolescence and young boyhood days joining his step-father in working in salt furnaces and coal-mines after the civil war Of course the labor force in this country was predominately slaves and after the civil war black people were paid little money to do some of the same work The whole machinery of slavery was constructed as to cause labor as a rule to be looked upon as a sign of degradation and inferiority The slave system took the spirit of self-reliance and self-help out of white people Again Booker T Washingtons thoughts about the labor of black people differ from
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