Up From Slavery

Miss Margaret James Murray (“Mrs. Washington”) Character Analysis

Miss Murray is Washington’s third wife, who he married in 1893. They met at Tuskegee when she was a teacher and a lady principal. Miss Murray’s personality and appearance are not specifically mentioned, but she is described as a hard worker for the Institute and a good companion to Washington. She accompanies him to some of the more major events in his narrative, including his Atlanta Exposition Address and his vacation to Europe.
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Miss Margaret James Murray (“Mrs. Washington”) Character Timeline in Up From Slavery

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Margaret James Murray (“Mrs. Washington”) appears in Up From Slavery. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Two Thousand Miles for a Five-Minute Speech
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...tension, Washington was very nervous before the speech, and he prepared vigorously. His third wife, Margaret, helped him to edit his speech, and he even delivered it to Tuskegee teachers and... (full context)
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After much practice and revision, Washington, Mrs. Washington , and Washington’s three children set out on September 17th, 1895 to Atlanta for the... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Secret of Success in Public Speaking
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...of ex-slaveholding states. Washington would talk to professional men, ministers, and teachers in the morning, Mrs. Washington would speak to the women in the afternoon, and then Washington would deliver an address... (full context)
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...has only taken one vacation, which he took when his friends paid for him and Mrs. Washington to spend three months touring Europe. Washington claims that his good health is a result... (full context)
Chapter 16: Europe
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In 1893, Washington was married to Miss Margaret James Murray, who had come years before to serve as a teacher at the school,... (full context)
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...and they even planned out his trip down to the specific steamboat that he and Mrs. Washington would take. Washington had no choice but to agree. (full context)
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Mrs. Washington had many similar concerns, and the two of them were torn as to whether or... (full context)
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...all of this was very new to him. After some time in Antwerp, Washington and Mrs. Washington were invited to go on a trip through Holland, and they were able to study... (full context)
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After their tour in Holland and a brief time in Brussels, Washington and Mrs. Washington proceeded to Paris. In Paris they were invited to a banquet attended by foreign dignitaries,... (full context)
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After Paris, Washington and Mrs. Washington proceeded to London. Washington was flooded with social invitations upon his arrival, along with many... (full context)