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New York: Kraus-Thomson Organization, , p. I had been working in a salt-furnace for several months, and my stepfather had discovered that I had a financial value, and so, when the school opened, he decided that he could not spare me from my work. With these they had spent in some cases nearly a half-century, and it was no light thing to think of parting. The true measure of Mr. When the day comes, as it evidently will, when that great train of sturdy Englishmen and Germans begins to fill up the South, unless the Negro prepares himself thoroughly for the conflict, during the interim, his only resort will be in the cotton field. In a few days practically all the students and teachers had left for their homes, and this served to depress my spirits even more. This I succeeded in doing to such an extent that I was soon informed that I would be allowed the full cost of my board in return for my work. As soon as the coloured people found out that he could read, a newspaper was secured, and at the close of nearly every day's work this young man would be surrounded by a group of men and women who were anxious to hear him read the news contained in the papers. The fact that the individual has behind and surrounding him proud family history and connection serves as a stimulus to help him to overcome obstacles when striving for success. The time is not far distant when the whole South will appreciate this service in a way that it has not yet been able to do.
I secured a dry-goods box, knocked out one side of it, put some shelves in it, and began putting into it every kind of book that I could get my hands upon, and called it my "library. Some of the slaves were seventy or eighty years old; their best days were gone.
They seemed happy only when they were helping the students in some manner. I had heard so much about Mrs.
I must have walked the streets till after midnight. As yet no free schools had been started for coloured people in that section, hence each family agreed to pay a certain amount per month, with the understanding that the teacher was to "board 'round"--that is, spend a day with each family.
Washington has won a world-wide fame at an early age. Black men at the time dominated many blue-collar occupations in New York, while maids, cooks, laundresses and seamstresses were generally black women. I was born in a typical log cabin, about fourteen by sixteen feet square.
She received her Ph.
It is evident, painfully evident to every reflecting mind that the means of living, for colored men, are becoming more and more precarious and limited. I asked Mr. When war was begun between the North and the South, every slave on our plantation felt and knew that, though other issues were discussed, the primal one was that of slavery. She was a "Yankee" woman who knew just where to look for dirt. My mother sympathized with me in my disappointment, and sought to comfort me in all the ways she could, and to help me find a way to learn. They unconsciously had imbibed the feeling that manual labour was not the proper thing for them. More than once, during a cold night, when a stiff gale would be blowing, our tend was lifted bodily, and we would find ourselves in the open air. Day-school, night-school, Sunday-school, were always crowded, and often many had to be turned away for want of room. I used to envy the white boy who had no obstacles placed in the way of his becoming a Congressman, Governor, Bishop, or President by reason of the accident of his birth or race. He found pouring into cities like New York and Philadelphia emancipated Negroes with low standards of living, competing for the jobs which the lower class of unskilled white laborers wanted.
This change of view is a true measure of Mr. In those days very few students were permitted to remain at the school during vacation.
This was one of the first signs of freedom. My whole soul was so bent upon reaching Hampton that I did not have time to cherish any bitterness toward the hotel-keeper.
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