Up from Slavery Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Booker T. Washington know about his birth?

Booker T. Washington believes he was born near a post office in Franklin County, Virginia, in either 1858 or 1859. He hears rumors that his father is a white plantation owner.

2. Describe Booker's early childhood family and home.

As a child living as a slave on a plantation, Booker lives with his mother Jane, his brother John, and his sister Amanda. They live in a cabin that also serves as the plantation's kitchen. His mother is the plantation's cook.

3. What does young Booker do on the plantation as a slave?

Young Booker has many jobs on the plantation. One of his primary responsibilities is to take corn to the mill for grinding.

4. How do blacks react upon being read the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Emancipation Proclamation frees slaves immediately. At first, they celebrate. Then they wonder where they will live, what work they will do, and how they will provide for their families.

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