Dr. Elizabeth Sachs
American Lit 214
March 26, 2012
Communities and their Worth
Booker T Washington takes us through a dynamic period in time with the slavery community, and we continue to Willa Cather, who shows us that being from a different part of world can always create a new life with others in another part of the world no matter the person, then we can take ourselves to a situation at sea, where Steven Crane tells us a part of his chapter of help and team work put forth from four guys working together. Washington points out that even though slavery was a big part of his life and community, they still worked together in difficult situations and in life. Trust was an issue, that whites and black had together. The whites needed to put their trust in the slaves every now and again, in order to keep safety in their houses when whites were gone to war. (The slave selected to sleep in the “big house” during the absence of the males was considered to have a place of honor.) (Washington, p. 670) Washington talks about an ex-slave from Virginia, who kept his promise to his owner, because it was something his community of people lived by and it is also Washington’s community’s motto sort of speaking. (He felt that he could not enjoy his freedom till he had fulfilled his promise.)(Washington, p.670) This ex-slave kept his promise even though slavery was ended and he still paid his master off. Washington when young, he learned from his community of slaves, that one should never talk bad or have negative feelings towards whites or betray trust. This was the only thing slaves had to their community. Their word was it. The slaves had to keep some type of good will on their side. (I do not know how many have notice it, but I think that it will be found to be true that there are few instances, either in slavery or freedom, in which a member of my race has been known to betray a specific trust.)(Washington, p. 670) (As a rule, not only did the members of my race entertain no feelings of bitterness against the whites before and during the war, but there are many instances of Negroes tenderly caring for their former masters and mistresses who for some reason have become poor and dependent since the war.)(Washington, p.670) This shows this is more or less a given rule among the slave community. After slavery was ended most left but some stay to talk to their old masters to cut a deal to stay and work and get paid. Others left to see what they could find and accomplish and begin a new life. Education was something Booker was interested in. There were no free schools at this time, so the blacks got together and heard of a man from Ohio and basically hired him. The families pitched in and paid a small amount each month for education from this young man. The way the community came together, to start a new chapter in their lives was nothing short of (This experience of a whole race beginning to go to school for the first time, presents one of the most interesting studies that has ever occurred in connection with the development of any race.)(Washington, p.675) I’m interested, when he said that every race is important and their beliefs and values should be passed on to the next to help others and other races. (No race can prosper till it learns that there is much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.)(Washington, p.681) No matter who or what you are or do in life as an individual or group, you are still important and so is what you do. What Booker T Washington wrote was partly to reassure the whites that the slavery (black) community is in need of education and it would be useful to do so.
Cather displays a tremendous response and gratefulness of a community. It shows a considerable amount of kindness to newcomers and the desire to help them out. This story shows how a boy and an immigrant have a common bond that brings them together as a community. Jim the boy and the little girl Antonia spend some…