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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Chapter IV

CHAPTER IV HELPING OTHERS         AT THE end of my first year at Hampton I was confronted with another difficulty. Most of the students went home to spend their vacation. I had no money with which to go home, but I had to go somewhere. In those days very few students were permitted to remain at [...]

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Chapter XVI

CHAPTER XVI EUROPE         IN 1893 I was married to Miss Margaret James Murray, a native of Mississippi, and a graduate of Fisk University Nashville, Tenn., who had come to Tuskegee as a teacher several years before, and at the time we were married was filling the position of Lady Principal. Not only is Mrs. Washington [...]

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Chapter V

CHAPTER V THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD         THE years from 1867 to 1878 I think may be called the period of Reconstruction. This included the time that I spent as a student at Hampton and as a teacher in West Virginia. During the whole of the Reconstruction period two ideas were constantly agitating the minds of the [...]

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Chapter XVII

CHAPTER XVII LAST WORDS         BEFORE going to Europe some events came into my life which were great surprises to me. In fact, my whole life has largely been one of surprises. I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do [...]

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Chapter VI

CHAPTER VI BLACK RACE AND RED RACE         DURING the year that I spent in Washington, and for some little time before this, there had been considerable agitation in the state of West Virginia over the question of moving the capital of the state from Wheeling to some other central point. As a result of this, [...]