What role do women play in Up From Slavery? Are they depicted differently than men? How are they crucial to Washington’s development?
What is Washington’s attitude towards racial inequality and racial hostility? Does Washington turn a passive eye to racial prejudice as many of his critics claim?
What is Washington’s attitude toward Southern whites? Does this change over the course of his life?
How does Washington instruct African-Americans to behave to advance themselves in society?
How does Washington rise “up from slavery”? How does he escape poverty? What values and lessons are crucial to his ascension?
What is the role of religion in Up From Slavery? How are Washington’s ideals informed by Christianity?