If you’re looking for a good autobiography, may I suggest this one. I couldn’t put it down! The historical education is valuable. Furthermore, the insights Booker T. Washington has on personal character, race relations, our nation, and life in general are just as apropos and relevant today as they were in the early 20th century. It’s a shame this book was never part of my formal education, in high school or college (and I even graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia and took race classes there), so kudos to The Good and the Beautiful for making this book, among other excellent choices, an integral part of its homeschool curriculum for high schoolers.
I loved this book. I didn’t know anything about Booker T. Washington before reading it. He was obviously a man of high integrity and moral character, and he encouraged everyone he ever taught to be the same. He was a very accomplished man and and I loved learning more about him. His story is inspiring.
I wish I would have heard about this book when I was younger! It is very well written. One of my first questions to myself was how did Booker develop such a strong command of language. It wasn’t a fast read for me because it is very deep and filled in true principles that made me think such as the dignity and beauty of hard work, cleanliness, excellence, frugality, education, sacrifice, love, unity, diplomacy, self reliance, honesty, gratitude, humility, service, kindness, growth, prosperity, usefulness, etc. The title is so fitting for a man that was born into slavery and was able to improve his life through great struggles to become the founder of an amazing school, Tuskegee, and an influential orator. This book has so many treasures to discover. Booker T. Washington developed wisdom and lived the life of a servant leader. He was driven by meaning and purpose. Here is one of many amazing quotes I found in the book. “In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause.” (p.111)
I loved this book! It inspires you to try a little harder to be a little better, to work a little harder, to do good for those around you. It made me grateful for people like Booker T. Washington, who change the world with good. I would definitely recommend this book.
I got this for me as my kids are too young, but I was blown away. I wanted to talk about it so much I invited some friends to get a copy and we had a book club. Everyone agreed it changed their opinions – it made us want to be better and to teach our children differently about work and education. My kids will read it when they’re old enough. A must read!
Booker T. Washington’s story begins in a Virginia slave hut and ends with worldwide recognition and a life of incredible accomplishments. In this fascinating autobiography, Booker T. Washington tells his own story with skillful, engaging writing. Not only does the book give insights into a remarkable man, but it also shares profound messages about persistence, education, hard work, humility, strength, service, and sacrifice.
This book is integrated with the High School 1 Language Arts Course and is included in the High School 1 Course Set.
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