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I agree with Booker T. Washington’s statement, “You can’t hold a man down without  staying down with him.”  The belief is that a man can’t dominate another without
giving up some of his personal freedoms.  How can a man be superior and keep  others down AND still flourish and succeed in life?  It can’t be done.  In order  for me to maintain control of others, I must focus my attention on that task and not on the task of bettering myself.


In “Up From Slavery,” Booker T. Washington states that the white man has hurt  himself just as much as he hurt the slaves by enslaving them.  The slave owner became dependent upon the free labor provided by the slaves and was unable to care for himself when the time came.  When slavery was over, there were many people who failed because they were not able to work the land with the same skill and efficiency of their slave counterparts.


 


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