Virtues From Slavery Essay

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The absence of freedom drives individuals to rethink the values and morals that has accustomed ones understanding of the enslaved world in contrast to a free world. Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington chronicles the life of enslaved Washington as a child and his new birthright of freedom as he transitions into adulthood. Enslaved Washington and his family suffered from the institution of slavery, but once freed the obstacles to securing a home, employment, and education did not stop Washington from achieving notable success as a leader for the African American community. He acknowledged the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery and used that as a foundation to build towards something greater than the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of slavery, and are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously as a result of knowing that the institution of slavery was greater than the enslaved and their white counterparts. Washington did let slavery hinder his aspiration of greatness, which depicts Immanuel Kant ethical theory deontology, which postulates “necessity” and “universality” as moral conduct. That our imperative, a principle or conclusion about what we have reason to do, expressed using the term “ought” is out of the necessity to do good will for it is the right thing to do and our universal duty to be moral agents. Washington career in the public sector went beyond the expectations of society, especially former slaver owners. Public administrators today ought to model themselves after the lessons Washington learned throughout his career as a public administrator in order to make a difference in the public administration setting today.
Early on in Washington’s educational endeavors, he endured many obstacles such as poverty. Poverty did not prevent Washington from wanting an education. In fact, he resolved to let no obstacle prevent him from putting forth the highest effort to fit him to accomplish the most good in the world. The most good was to be able to go back into the communities and show others the value of an education. It was about uplifting...

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