Booker T. Washington Essay

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Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington was born on April 5, 1865. He was born into slavery at the James Burrough’s family plantation in Virginia. Nothing is known about Booker T. Washington’s father beyond the fact that he was a white man. After the Civil War Booker T. Washington worked in a salt furnace and attended school 3 months out of the year. At the age of 17, he was accepted into Hampton Institute in Virginia. When Booker T. Washington graduated from the institute, he then entered the Wayland Seminary. In 1881, Booker T Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. But he did not stop there. He initiated many forms of work and established the National Negro Business League, the National Negro Health…show more content…
Washington was a leader in Negro America. He has been described as the most prominent Negro in America. State and National officials sought him out to endorse Negroes to fill political offices. He used to urge Negroes to subordinate their political, civil and social strivings for economic betterment. Because he accepted segregation and his refusal to make an open attack on Jim Crow it brought him a conflict with two militant Harvard newspapermen. William Lloyd Garrison criticized Booker T. Washington through his Liberator telling people that he was a traitor to his race and he also demanded immediate equality. His purpose was to gain the sympathy and cooperation of the white South, which seemed like an almost impossible task. Booker T. Washington displayed an interest in Africa. He enrolled a number of African students at Tuskegee. In 1901, he traveled to Africa to introduce modern techniques of cotton culture. The mission was successful because today, the country ranks 5th in the economy. Washington sponsored other missions to Africa but none proved to be more successful than that one. Booker T. Washington was married three times. In 1882, Fannie N. Smith, who was a graduate of Hampton, became his first wife. She ended up dying two years later and left him a daughter. His second marriage, which was in 1885, was to Olivia A. Davidson, taught at Tuskegee but also died in 1889 leaving him two

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