Washington’s stepfather is not named in the narrative, but he is the reason that the family moves to West Virginia upon Emancipation. It is unclear how his stepfather and his mother met, but we know that they met sometime while they were enslaved. His presence in the narrative is largely marked by his discouragement of Washington’s desire to get an education and his encouragement of Washington to help support the family by working in the coal mines.
Washington’s Stepfather Character Timeline in Up From Slavery
The timeline below shows where the character Washington’s Stepfather appears in Up From Slavery. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Boyhood Days
...their family to West Virginia to live with her husband, Washington and his brother John’s stepfather, who ran away from his master years before and settled in West Virginia. The family... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Struggle for an Education