Negative and Positive Sanctions

John Thompson, an escaped slave during the 1800's wrote an autobiography about his 25 years in the slave system.  A main theme throughout his book were his views on positive and negative sanctions in the slave system.  While he was in the slave system, he saw the consequences of cruel treatment from some owners, and... Continue Reading →


Darwin’s Autobiography

I just recently finished reading Charles Darwin's autobiography.  He was an interesting man.  His autobiography, in respect to assessing its autobiographical impact on me, is not what I expected it to be.  In my assessment I found one thing I'd like to share. While Charles Darwin's autobiography was a great book to read, I found... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Writing an Autobiography

I've been considering preparing myself to write my own autobiography in the future.  However, to find if this was something I really wanted to do, I asked myself this question:  "What good things could come from me writing my own autobiography?"  Here are some of my thoughts. Learn About Myself Autobiographies are way that we... Continue Reading →

Twain: Organization Troubles

Mark Twain - whose real name was Samuel Clements - was a very skilled and creative author.  His books will forever be classics and enjoyed by many for years to come.  During the later years of his life, he wrote his autobiography.  However, his skills in writing and organization did not translate into his autobiography.  Here... Continue Reading →

Plunkitt: His Success

George Washington Plunkitt was a New York businessman and politician during the 1800's into the early 1900's.  He enjoyed much success in his life and was very open about it.  He wrote about his success and life in his autobiography. He shared how he made money, and even gave small tips about how to be... Continue Reading →

Plunkitt: Patriotism in Voting

In George Washington Plunkitt's autobiography, he proclaims his belief that there is a patriotism relationship to obtaining a job after Tammany won an election.  This patriotic connection was fostered through the spoils system. The spoils system is a political tool used to reward those who join a following or candidacy.  Usually the reward for faithful... Continue Reading →

Washington’s View of The Future

In Booker T. Washington's autobiography, Up From Slavery,  he explains through out the book what his vision for the future of African-Americans would be like.  His vision can be reduced to one principle: Service can unite races, people and families.  Let me elaborate. Booker grew up in the slave system as a child.  His family... Continue Reading →

Stories From Tuskegee

Booker Washington traveled to Tuskegee, Alabama in hopes of founding a university there.  He has many memorable stories of his experiences building a school and interacting with locals in his autobiography that help it come to life and help you imagine what it was like back then.  Here are two stories of my favorite stories... Continue Reading →

A Turning Point

In his autobiography, The Persecutor, Sergei Kourdakov shares many experiences that can be considered turning points in his life.  One is when he finished schooling with the highest marks in his class, and another is when he joined the KGB.  Some were more important than others, but turning points nonetheless.  A turning point is, as... Continue Reading →

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