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The Booker T. Washington Boyhood Cabin in the Charleston area is a replica built to match a photograph of the author’s home. (Charleston’s population is approximately 48,000.) Booker T. Washington wrote the inspirational Up From Slavery, and became an influential educator and advisor to United States presidents, but he also was sometimes at the center of controversy. Scholar and author W.E.B. DuBois thought Washington was too accommodating to injustice. Read about both gentlemen and their views to better understand the conflict between them. (See the W.E.B. DuBois page under Massachusetts; Booker T. Washington also has a page under Virginia.)

Up From Slavery is the remarkable story of Booker T. Washington’s journey from illiteracy and poverty to African-American leadership and a prestigious college presidency. Written in his own hand, the words flow smoothly from episode to episode, making the story easy to read quickly. We highly recommend it to students of US history, especially grades 8 and up.

When you read it, you will discover why the number “18” meant so much to him.

The Booker T. Washington Boyhood Cabin is the fourth stop on our West Virginia Trail!

Patricia Smart