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#205018 - 03/04/12 12:55 AM Re: Educational / entertainment site [Re: TheFallibleFiend]  
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Wife didn't take the kindle! So I'm reading "Up from Slavery" and it's very good. I just finished Kurlansky's "Salt" a week or so ago and I find out that Booker T first began to learn to read as a young boy while working in a salt factory. Later he worked in a coal mine that supplied the coal for that salt factory's furnaces. I think I might have just glossed over that without noting it had I not been primed by my recent reading.

#205089 - 03/09/12 02:29 PM Re: Educational / entertainment site [Re: TheFallibleFiend]  
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Finished "Up from Slavery" late last night. Booker T. Washington is among the most amazing humans that ever lived. This autobiography should be required reading for elementary school students. I see why a lot of people would choke on what he said and I look forward to eventually reading some W.E.B. Dubois as a counterpoint. (Newt Gingrich should have referred to Booker when he made his case that kids should do janitorial work in school.)

Of course I could have borrowed a paper copy from the library which is within walking distance of my house. The convenience angle is a wash. I gotta take special care not to hurt the device - or leave it unattended in public. There could be some small set of books that just come with a "students" PDA (personal data assistant). UFS should be considered.

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