Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Slaves among slaves

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery but luckily for him he became free at the young age of nine years old. Unlike many slave Washington had the opportunity to attend a college. Through college he became a very well respected black educator to this day. He even was able to write and get publishing for two of his books. In 1901 that was a very big achievement for a previous slave, you know the percentage of slaves that was uneducated. As being a slave the “grape-vine” telegraphs that help keep the slaves informed about what was going on with the war and the end result if the north will the war and Lincoln become President. The way the slave would get information was when the slave master would send one of the slaves to the post office to receive the mail that came maybe twice a week. Once at the post office the slave would just hang around and listen to the white guys that would gather and talk and once the slave return he would let the other slave know what was going on, the information would go from one plantation to another that was the grape-vine telegraph.


At 11:20 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. What does this tell us about the way information travelled before the Civil War? What is the connection between technological networks of communication and informal networks of communication like the "grapevine" telegraph?


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