Up from Slavery is an autobiography written by Booker T. Washington. He describes his experiences as a slave during the American Civil War, and his new life after he was freed from slavery. Washington experienced many hardships and struggles, especially during the early years of his life. However, he did not seem to harbor feelings of resentment or bitterness toward anyone. Throughout his life, he maintained focus on his main desire, which was to gain an education. He overcame many challenges to achieve this goal. He even worked as a janitor at his school so that he could afford the tuition. He was a successful student, and he went on to build a school called the Tuskegee Institute.
This true story was very enjoyable to read. I admire Booker T. Washington’s hard work and persistence even when discouraging things happened to him, such as being mistreated because of his race. He was always determined to make the best of every situation. I admire his ability to get along with people of different races and backgrounds. By treating other with kindness and respect, he achieved great success toward creating equality between all races.
I also admire Washington’s love of education. As a slave, he did not even know how to read. When he was freed from slavery, his main goal was to learn how to read. By the end of his life, he had written many books, and he was the head of a large institute of learning. He also became a famous orator. His life’s work was to help other people gain an education. I believe he is an excellent role model because everyone should strive to gain an education and to never falter when faced with trials.
I was even surprised to learn from this book that I have a distant relative named Collis P. Huntington, who was a donor to help support Booker T. Washington’s school. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a true and inspiring story about someone who achieved great success against all odds.
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.