On this day in 1900, a magazine publishes the first installment of a weekly series. That series would eventually be compiled and published as a book: Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, by Booker T. Washington.
One important theme of the book—and of Washington's life—was the value of hard work.
“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work,” Washington concludes.
Aren't hard work and perseverance two traits that have always made us AMERICAN?! And don't we lose a little piece of ourselves when our society starts to downplay the importance of work, as it has in recent years?
What would Washington make of us today?
A digital copy of Washington's book is here.