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Booker T. Washington, a great American education and African-American leader, was born in Virgina. Raised in extreme poverty, Washington realized his dream of getting an education at the Hampton Institute. In 1881, Washington became the first presidnet of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and he built the tiny school into a prominent colleg; in 1901 , he publishesed his autobiography, Up From Slavery. 


This speech, called the "Atlanta Compromise" by his critics, propelled Washington to fame.  His vision that African-Americans should improve their lives by learning industrial skills, not through social or political change.  This view was harshly criticized by other Black leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois.

Atlanta Exposition Speech Scroll

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  • Booker T. Washington believed that African-Americans could improve their lives through education. The "Atlanta Exposition Address" was a speech given by Washington on September 18, 1895. That famous speech is completely reproduced here, also featuring Washington's portrait.

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    Document size: 14" x 16"

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