Booker Washington
Imagine being in a position that gave you the power to inspire a race and gain
the respect of another. Booker T. Washington, a prominent and extremely
successful African-American had that opportunity. This opportunity came in the
times of the emancipation of slavery. And when given the chance he excelled. In
his book, Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington exposes readers to the hardships
he faced from the time he was a slave, until the times he became a leader among

African-Americans. His book gives detailed accounts of his life, from a first.

It speaks of slavery, racism, triumph, and struggle, which all couldn't
overpower handwork. Hard working was something Washington believed in and was.

The most in unheard voice at the time of slavery both past and present, was that
of the African-American women. During these periods, female accomplishments were
not recognized. These accomplishments have been brought forth for people to view
them in one of many books. The book, Voice from the South, by Anna Cooper
combines works of fiction, poetry, autobiographies, and biographies. Cooper was
one of few black woman of her time to earn a Ph.D. She was a feminist who
believed that women's voices shouldn't go unheard. The book displays great
moments of triumph that conquer over hard bearing obstacles. The book is quite
interesting one that focuses on black women's writings in the nineteenth and
twentieth century. The context however seems to jump around from subject to
subject, which could often confuse the reader. This book seems to be drunk on
syntax blind to semantics. In other words this book tended to use words that
went around the subject. These books try to focus on all aspects of the
struggles of both women of color and of African Americans as a whole. A big
difference between these books is the fact that one of the voices was heard
while the other silenced. Though in times of racism, black males still received
more respect then women. My goal is to compare and contrast these two books.

Washington spoke a lot about his life through out his book. But the main point
he was trying to show was gaining education for the black race. As this was the
purpose in the Voice from the South. It was a long, tough road, for both Black
men and women alike. "I have learned that success is not measured not so
much by the position one has reached in life is, but by the obstacles he has
overcome while trying to succeed." (Washington p.23) This is a quote

Washington lived by. Born a slave in Franklin county, Virginia. After the
emancipation, he and his family moved to West Virginia where his stepfather had
found work in the coalmines. The mines were to be the starting point for

Washington as he began his quest for education. He first started with a book
that taught the basics. Soon after that Washington set out to attend the Hampton

Institute in Virginia. There he would work as a janitor to pay his way through
college. He studied under a man by the name of General Armstrong, whom he
admired the most. After receiving his degree, he briefly went Armstrong, whom he
admired the most. After receiving his degree, he briefly went home only to be
called back to Hampton to teach. What he had learned from Hampton what could be
accomplished when you never give up. During this time at Hampton, Washington was
in charge of educating Indians with the help of his students, both male and
female. But what he really wanted to do was educate his own race. And with this
idea he received word from some men in Alabama, that there a request put in for
a teacher to come teach a school in Tuskegee. Booker T. Washington saw this
opportunity and accepted it. He then moved to Alabama to begin what would become
a legacy. The school was built by the students that attended, which would pay
for part of their tuition. Washington believed that it was better to earn a
trade than it was to study things such as Greek and the arts. "I have found
too that, that it is the visible, the tangible goes a long ways in softening
prejudices. The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro built has built
is ten times more potent that the pages of discussion about a house that he
ought to build, or perhaps could build."(Washington p.72) This view would
be later argued by another prominent black figure, W.E.B.