“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” ch 2 , Booker T. Washington. Booker Taliaferro Washington was born in Hale’s Ford, Virginia on April 5th, 1856 whose mother was Jane Burroughs and his father & unknown White man. In the autobiography Booker T Washington shows us that coming from a terrible past can also lead us to a great future. Washington Throughout “Up from slavery” does this by keeping his composer, taking skills and information he learns from people and places all around him , and also maintaining a high intelligence to be the best he can be .At a young age Washington learns that he would have to learn to be a humble man in order to be successful. He grew up as a child not knowing where he was living nor his age or fathers name but he was able to read which had lead him a long way . washington had also been born near the end of the civil war where which was one of the worst times in history for whites & blacks. His family had lived in a wooden shed throughout his childhood , & since they had no blankets or beds they slept on the cold floor throughout the cold winter, soggy wet springs, and hot congested summers his log cabin was very poorly constructed and open to the all elements. The cabin’s wooden structure had numerous holes in its sides, an ill-fitting door, and no wooden floor. . His mothers was a plantation cook so that gave him some advantages with eating in some case. Other than this he was the “usual ” slave to others. After The slaves were free due to the emancipation proclamation . Washington moves to virginia with his stepfather and family .This living condition is very similar to their homes as slaves but in the community there was no order and had a lot of violence ,fights and alcohol. Washington learns here that if slaves were not intelligent enough to work together and also none can read . He soon gets a job at a coal mine after working with his step father at the salt kine to get more money . He works here until here here over talk of a school called hampton institute of where he would have to work for his spot . He cannot afford the way to Hampton so he walks because no one in pleasurable to give him a ride due to his hygiene he gets tired and decides to sleep under a shipping dock and luckily see’s a ship and is given a job and is able to get enough money to make his trip . To sum after working for his room at hampton he is giving a janitor job and is able to get an education in agriculture. He learns that there is alot selflessness in many individuals at Hampton and it deeply impressed Washington. He considers this the most important aspect of his education at the school. After Washington’s first year, he does not return home for summer vacation because he does not have enough money. He tries to sell an old coat to get home, but cannot find a buyer who will give him enough money. Instead, Washington finds work at a restaurant at Fortress Monroe and spends his nights studying and reading. He finds a 10 dollar bill and turns it in and unfortunately The boss pockets the money , “I will not say that I became discouraged, for as I now look back over my life I do not recall that I ever became discouraged over anything that I setPage 66out to accomplish” pg 64 . .He hopes that he will earn enough money to pay back his sixteen-dollar debt to Hampton. The money he earns barely covers his debt and Washington is unable to save much money despite as being so disciplined . This shows him that there are a lot of selfless people and he still has to care for them and see out the bad . He grows and learns more about others while taking his journey’s speaking and giving legislatures in washington. He decides whether or not to move to the new capital in order to t. This campaign helps Washington further establish his profile as a public speaker and results in numerous calls for Washington to take political office. Washington declines, however, because he believes that other work will best serve his race. He soon encounters general Armstrong and is appointented to get an education to people in the “Black belt” down south in a town named Tuskegee. At this new town he thought he would be given a building also with his land space but to his downfall he had to build everything from scratch but his childhood instincts kicks in of contribution “from the very beginning, at Tuskegee, I was determined to have the students do not only the agricultural and domestic work, but to have them erect their own buildings. My plan was to have them, while performing this service, taught the latest and best methods of labour, so that the school would not only get the benefit of their efforts, but the students themselves would be taught to see not only utility in labour” chp X , pg 148. This quote shows that students will have to contribute to the school in order to thrive as a person and also learn good this life skills. This had shown that he carries the same energy he had as a child into the tuskegee institute. Also he brings a great deal of ambition to students the coloured people around him, “The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race. One man may go into a community prepared to supply the people there with an analysis of Greek sentences. The community may not at that time be prepared for or feel the need of, Greek analysis, but it may feel its need of bricks and houses and wagons.” chapter X .