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Chapter VII

CHAPTER VII EARLY DAYS AT TUSKEGEE         DURING the time that I had charge of the Indians and the night-school at Hampton, I pursued some studies myself, under the direction of the instructors there. One of these instructors was the Rev. Dr. H. B. Frissell, the present Principal of the Hampton Institute, General Armstrong's successor.         In [...]

Chapter VIII

CHAPTER VIII TEACHING SCHOOL IN A STABLE AND A HEN-HOUSE         I CONFESS that what I saw during my month of travel and investigation left me with a very heavy heart. The work to be done in order to lift these people up seemed almost beyond accomplishing. I was only one person, and it seemed to [...]

Chapter IX

CHAPTER IX ANXIOUS DAYS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS         THE coming of Christmas, that first year of our residence in Alabama, gave us an opportunity to get a farther insight into the real life of the people. The first thing that reminded us that Christmas had arrived was the "foreday" visits of scores of children rapping at [...]

Chapter XI

CHAPTER XI MAKING THEIR BEDS BEFORE THEY COULD LIE ON THEM         A LITTLE later in the history of the school we had a visit from General J. F. B. Marshall, the Treasurer of the Hampton Institute, who had had faith enough to lend us the first two hundred and fifty dollars with which to make [...]

Chapter XII

CHAPTER XII RAISING MONEY         WHEN we opened our boarding department, we provided rooms in the attic of Porter Hall, our first building, for a number of girls. But the number of students, of both sexes, continued to increase. We could find rooms outside the school grounds for many of the young men, but the girls [...]

Chapter XIII

CHAPTER XIII TWO THOUSAND MILES FOR A FIVE-MINUTE SPEECH         SOON after the opening of our boarding department, quite a number of students who evidently were worthy, but who were so poor that they did not have any money to pay even the small charges at the school, began applying for admission. This class was composed [...]

Chapter II

CHAPTER II BOYHOOD DAYS         AFTER the coming of freedom there were two points upon which practically all the people on our place were agreed, and I find that this was generally true throughout the South: that they must change their names, and that they must leave the old plantation for at least a few days [...]

Chapter XIV

CHAPTER XIV THE ATLANTA EXPOSITION ADDRESS         THE Atlanta Exposition, at which I had been asked to make an address as a representative of the Negro race, as stated in the last chapter, was opened with a short address from Governor Bullock. After other interesting exercises, including an invocation from Bishop Nelson, of Georgia, a dedicatory [...]

Chapter III

CHAPTER III THE STRUGGLE FOR AN EDUCATION         ONE day, while at work in the coal-mine, I happened to overhear two miners talking about a great school for coloured people somewhere in Virginia. This was the first time that I had ever heard anything about any kind of school or college that was more pretentious than [...]

Chapter XV

CHAPTER XV THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING         AS to how my address at Atlanta was received by the audience in the Exposition building, I think I prefer to let Mr. James Creelman, the noted war correspondent, tell. Mr. Creelman was present, and telegraphed the following account to the New York World: - ATLANTA, [...]