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Booker T Washington an educator and the most prominent black leader of his day grew up as a slave in Franklin County Virginia He was born to a white slave-holding father and a slave mother He became the most prominent black leader of the late 19th and early 20th century who counseled them to focus on modest economic goals and to accept temporary social discrimination During the time between 1877 and 1915 black Americans experienced many social and economic and political difficulties In the 1870s the principle of segregation by race extended into every area of Southern life from railroads to restaurants hotels hospitals and schools Custom and practice segregated any area of life that was not segregated by law Many African Americans supported the program of Booker T Washington Washington believed that blacks could advance themselves faster through hard work than by demands for equal rights For the time period Booker T Washington was a very realistic man He suggested that the Southern Blacks should stay in the South He believed that Southern Blacks would not succeed financially and would always remain in poverty in the North By staying in the South Southern Blacks has a better opportunity to climb up the economic ladder by owning farming property According to Washington he was not concern with the social equality but he was concern with encouraging African Americans to uplift themselves educationally and financially so that they can eventually earn the respect from the White people p 108Booker T Washington best conveyed these values in his school Tuskegee Institute in which he was a teacher during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War He focused on improving himself in order to improve the lives of his fellow members of his race This concept is known as collective improvement Washington based his education mainly on personal transformation which was similar to boot camp He believed that minorities should be motivated through experience
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