Booker T. Washington: Fighter For The Black Man



Booker T. Washington was a man beyond words. His perseverance and will to work
were well known throughout the United States. He rose from slavery, delivering
speech after speech expressing his views on how to uplift America's view of the
Negro. He felt that knowledge was power, not just knowledge of "books", but
knowledge of agricultural and industrial trades. He felt that the Negro would
rise to be an equal in American society through hard work. Washington founded a
school on these principles, and it became the world's leader in agricultural and
industrial education for the Negro. As the world watched him put his heart and
soul into his school, Tuskegee Institute, he gained great ...

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5, 1856, in
Franklin County, Virginia, on a small tobacco plantation. His only true
relative was his mother, Jane, who was the plantation's cook. His father was
probably the white son of one of the neighbors, though it is not known for
sure. Washington spent his childhood years on the plantation, but since he
was so young he never had to do the heavy work. 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 instilled in him the values he
would teach for the rest of his life. When the Civil War ended in April of
1863, Washington and his mom were set free. Unlike most of the other slaves,
Washington had somewhere to go. His step-father had escaped earlier, and had
gotten a job in Malden, West Virginia, at a salt furnace. When the war ended,
he sent for Washington and his mom. Life was tough in Malden. "Drinking,
gambling, quarrels, fights, and shockingly immoral practices were ...

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