Jacob Riis: Revealing “How the Other Half Lives”
Transcription: Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee Institute
Sweet lamb of mine! How I wish you had been with me these two days at Tuskegee. You would never forget what you had seen and heard here—especially heard—and neither will I. Tuskegee is a huge school with 1400 colored students, mostly young men, perhaps one third young women, but there are men well along in life too. They learn here to take a hand in the everyday, practical life that waits for them. They make carpenters, blacksmiths, tailors, shoe-makers, painters, wagon-makers and farmers. Above all they make good, clean, strong men who are getting to go out and help their fellows afterward, with their education as the lever to lift them with, and they do.