Character Building cover

Character Building

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

1. Publisher's Explanation and Preface
2. Two Sides of Life
3. Helping Others
4. Some of the Rocks Ahead
5. On Influencing by Example
6. The Virtue of Simplicity
7. Have You Done Your Best?
8. Don't Be Discouraged
9. On Getting a Home
10. Calling Things By Their Right Names
11. European Impressions
12. The Value of System In Home Life
13. What Will Pay?
14. Education that Educates
15. The Importance of Being Reliable
16. The Highest Education
17. Unimproved Opportunities
18. Keeping Your Word
19. Some Lessons of the Hour
20. The Gospel of Service
21. Your Part in the Negro Conference
22. What Is To Be Our Future?
23. Some Great Little Things
24. To Would-Be Teachers
25. The Cultivation of Stable Habits
26. What You Ought to Do
27. Individual Responsibility
28. Getting On In the World
29. Each One His Part
30. What Would Father and Mother Say?
31. Object Lessons
32. Substance vs. Shadow
33. Character as Shown in Dress
34. Sing The Old Songs
35. Getting Down To Mother Earth
36. A Penny Saved
37. Growth
38. Last Words

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Character Building is a compilation of speeches, given by Mr. Booker T. Washington, to the students and staff of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now known as Tuskegee University).Booker T. Washington was one of the most prominent leaders in advancing African-American civil rights. Born into slavery and freed as a young boy, he rose through the ranks of education to eventually earn his position as principal of Tuskegee. Under his guidance, the school was built, by students and for students, to give them a deeply meaningful education. Mr. Washington stressed the importance of developing oneself for life-long success. He strived to imbue in his students the highest personal standards, and these speeches represent the core messages he gave.(Originally published by Doubleday, Page & Co., NY, in 1902.