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Diablo Valley College History 120 Dr. Kent Haldan B. T. Washington: Views, Life, & Legacy
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Chapter 1 “A Slave Among Slaves” 1. What were the conditions and work of Booker T. Washington under slavery?
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Conditions of Booker T. Washington under slavery: Birth: Doesn’t know when born. Mother’s addition to slave family as much attention as a new horse or cow. Doesn’t even know father’s name. Cabin: “the naked earth being used as a floor.” Mother cooked “over open fireplace.” Slept in rags. Mother no time to take care of family. Other examples?
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Booker T. Washington’s Work Conditions: Shoes, flax shirt No play. Took water to men; take corn to mill. Other examples?
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Slave’s view of Masters, etc. Q#2. How did the enslaved Africans feel about the death of their masters’ son? How did they feel about their freedom? How did they respond to the end of the Civil War?
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Slave’s view of Masters, etc. BTW: “I recall the feeing of sorrow [slaves] heard of “Mars Billy’s” death. Only second to that in the “big house.” Willing to take care of old, disabled masters.
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Slave’s view of freedom: BTW: I have never seen [a slave] who did not want freedom. V. many took care of their masters who could not take care of themselves.
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B.Loyalty of Slaves toward Q#3. What does Washington say about the loyalty of enslaved Africans toward their masters during the Civil War? What relationship did Washington have with their masters after the Civil War? How does Washington feel toward slavery and masters?
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C. BTW’s view of masters and slavery: “I have long since ceased to cherish any spirit of bitterness against the southern white people on the account of the enslavement of my race. Hurt masters just as much as slaves since the former lack skills that the latter have. Slavery “having got it’s tentacles fastened on to the economic and social life of the Republic, it was no easy matter for the country to relieve itself of the institution. “ (C. War: cost 680,000 deaths)
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Chapter 2 “Boyhood Days” Q#4. Describe Washington’s pursuit of an education and view toward his mother and step- father.
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BTW’ view of education: Desperately wants an education. His mother thruly supports him and gets him a spelling book. Makes a hat for him.
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Q#5. What changes does Washington face while attending school? Mother makes him a hat rather than going into debt to buy one. Changes his name to Booker Taliaferro
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