Just how does one lead a 'normal' life after being born into slavery? The answer in this case is 'very well indeed'. The author struggled to build a school for children from poor backgrounds, and when I say build, I mean he rolled up his sleeves and got stuck into the actual building work, and made sure his students did the same. This was as well as taking on all the administration work, and fund raising. An amazing person who deserved all the praise he received. Although subjected to prejudice, this did not make him bitter and he had a very forgiving nature.