Up from Slavery

Up from Slavery: Biography

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in the 1850s in Franklin County, Virginia (United States) and is remembered primarily for his role as educator in the African-American community and also for his often conservative approach to equal rights. As described in his autobiography, Up From Slavery (1901), his mother was African American, and the …

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Up from Slavery: Theme

Avoidance of bitternessWashington is keen to stress his perspective of avoiding feeling bitterness towards white people. This is referred to in relation to former slaves and their owners, and also to a lesser degree between the populations of the North and South after the civil war.Because of his preference for highlighting the bonds between Southern …

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Up from Slavery: Characters

AmandaWashington’s sister.Booker Taliaferro WashingtonWashington is the first-person narrator (of this autobiography).Booker Taliaferro WashingtonThis younger Booker is Washington’s eldest son and second child.Ernest Davidson WashingtonThis is Washington’s third child.Fannie N. SmithShe is Washington’s first wife and mother of Portia. She also graduated from Hampton Institute and died in 1884.General Samuel C. ArmstrongThe General is referred to …

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Up from Slavery: Chapter 15,16

Summary – Chapter Fifteen, ‘The Secret of Success in Public Speaking’, Chapter Sixteen, ‘Europe’ and Chapter Seventeen, ‘Last Words’James Creelman’s report of Washington’s address for New York World is related here, and it is where he refers to Washington as ‘a Negro Moses’.The narrative cuts to Washington and he tells how he likes to give …

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