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This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with
incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the
Outlook. While they were appearing in that magazine I was
constantly surprised at the number of requests which came to me
from all parts of the country, asking that the articles be
permanently preserved in book form. I am most grateful to the
Outlook for permission to gratify these requests.
I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no
attempt at embellishment. My regret is that what I have attempted
to do has been done so imperfectly. The greater part of my time
and strength is required for the executive work connected with the
Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, and in securing the
money necessary for the support of the institution. Much of what I
have said has been written on board trains, or at hotels or railroad
stations while I have been waiting for trains, or during the
moments that I could spare from my work while at Tuskegee.
Without the painstaking and generous assistance of Mr. Max
Bennett Thrasher I could not have succeeded in any satisfactory
The details of Mr. Washington's early life, as frankly set down