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African American History Booker T Washington The period following the abolishment of slavery was a time of hardship and identity building for African Americans and a time of conflict and violence for White Americans African Americans in the south were faced with the tedious task of trying to survive in a racist nation who wants to demoralize and segregate them During this period African Americans did everything in their power to receive equal rights and an equal opportunity to survive and support their families Out of this period came an individual Booker T Washington who becomes sort of a spokesman for the entire African American race Booker T Washington develops this status because he claims to have the answer to the problems that racism induce on the nation I think Washingtons idea of good race relations helps the nations racism problems but I dont think it was in the best interest of Blacks Booker T Washington was born on a plantation in Franklin County Virginia He leaves home to go to school at Hampton Institute with virtually no money He gets entry into the school by sweeping a recitation room for one of the teachers of the Institution While at Hampton Washington meets General Armstrong properly the most important figure in Washingtons life Armstrong influence Washington to become the leader of Tuskegee Institute a school very similar to Hampton Washington acquires the job and builds the experimental Tuskegee Institute with money from the state of Alabama alone with donations from various other donors Booker T Washington campaigns Tuskegee Institute as much as possible and he begins to gain more support from White then from Black supporters Washington began to think that Tuskegee was the solution to the Blacks problems But Washington develops two separate agendas for Blacks and Whites For Blacks Washington says they have to do for themselves and help their fellow Blacks For Whites he says Blacks should
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