The Positive Aspect of Slavery
Booker T. Washington is a historic figure during the time of slavery. Washington found that his path was not determined by his current situation yet, by his own aspirations. During one of the most dynamic times in history, Booker was determined to find a transformation for African-Americans. Atypically, his critics claimed he would keep the colored people down and he would slow down improvements. Booker had many accomplishments, such as writing a narrative about his life during this time period. Washington refused to see slavery has a hostile, brutal, and immoral situation, his perspective on life is still relevant to African-Americans and to all people who are determined to make a good pathway for themselves.
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in Hales Ford, Virginia, around 1856, though there are no birth certificates of his actual birth. His mother was a cook and his father, a unknown white man. Washington worked during his childhood but valued family and education since a young boy. Though Washington never acknowledged his father, Booker learned a lot from his mother, lifelong lessons of courage, grit, inventiveness, and optimistic concepts, which influenced many of his philosophies and approaches about women and family. He never saw his supposed ‘struggles’ as a force to hold him back from his dreams. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed” (Gates Jr.; McKay, p. 593).
Washington overcame a great deal of struggles. During his life he learned many things, including how to deal with his differences. While he only experienced slavery for nine years, it still had an impact on his life and for the other African-American’s around him. Washington began at Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, where he pursued an education in teaching. He was for blacks receiving a higher education....
Cited: Gates, Henry Louis., and Nellie Y. McKay. The Norton Anthology of African American
Literature. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2004. Print.
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