Essay on Booker T. Washington

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During the progressive era in the late 1800’s, white people were in control of society. The blacks had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation, but were not being treated equal. Mainly because they were black. But that was not the only reason. Blacks were also not treated equally because they did not possess the intelligence and skills of whites. A great man decided to fight for equality between blacks and whites. His name was Booker Taliaferro Washington.      Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on James Burrough’s Virginia Plantation in 1856. When he was 9 he was gathered with the other slaves and was told he could go freely due to the Emancipation Proclamation. After he was…show more content…
Whites did not enroll, but they did not object to blacks learning trades. Money poured into the institution and Washington was considered the spokesperson for the black people. So much so that he was asked important questions by presidents William Taft and Teddy Roosevelt concerning blacks. He was even invited to dinner at the White House by Teddy Roosevelt.      Perhaps the most important event in Washington’s life came on September 18, 1895 in Atlanta. Political leaders had invited Washington to speak at a convention that celebrated the South’s resurgence in business. Never before had a black spoken at such a prestigious exposition. In his address, Washington spoke of a compromise between whites and blacks. Washington urged blacks to accept their inferior social position and raise their status by learning vocational skills. Many whites were pleased with this speech and most blacks, awed by his prestige, accepted his statements. However, Washington faced strong opposition from militant blacks who strongly opposed his statements. The NAACP and American writer W. E. B. Du Bois were the strongest opposers.      Washington continued his idea of incorporating blacks into society by finding several organizations, including the National Negro Business League, which was to further black advancement. Washington also remained principal of Tuskegee Institute till

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