Up from Slavery Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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A Slave Among Slaves

* Booker T. Washington believes that he was born near a post office in Franklin County, Virginia.

* He doesn't know his father but thinks he was a white man.

* Until the end of the Civil War, Booker, his mother Jane, his brother John, and his sister Amanda are slaves on a plantation.

* As a child, his name is Booker Taliaferro.

* Living in a small cabin that also serves as the plantation's kitchen, Booker spends most of his time working as a child.

* One of his childhood jobs is carrying corn to the mill for grinding.

* When the Emancipation Proclamation is read to slaves, they are freed immediately.

* The former slaves first celebrate and then wonder what they'll do with their lives and where they'll live.

* Booker notes that blacks and whites were equally unprepared for freedom.

Boyhood Days

* Upon gaining their freedom, the former slaves...

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