July 20, 2017

Today in History: Booker T. Washington

Statue of Booker T. Washington "Lifting the Veil of Ignorance"
Today in History–September 18–the Library of Congress features Booker T. Washington, who delivered his famous “Atlanta Compromise” or Atlanta Exposition speech on this day in 1895. The speech delivered by this prominent African American leader advocated for advocate a moderate approach to race relations in the New South. Learn more about the founder and president of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access teaching resources and primary sources about Booker T. Washington.

Teaching resources

Learning from the Source: Ballad of Booker T.

Booker T. Washington and the Atlanta Compromise teaching ideas

Booker T. Washington address to the country (Atlanta Exposition speech): questions to consider (audio excerpt)

W.E.B. Du Bois argument against Booker T. Washington’s credo of humility and accommodation primary source activity (The Souls of Black Folk; Essays and Sketches)

The Booker T. Washington Era (also see, defining an era)

Primary sources

Booker T. Washington: selected historic newspaper articles

More newspaper articles about Booker T. Washington

W. E. B. DuBois to Booker T. Washington, September 24, 1895

Paul Laurence Dunbar to Booker T. Washington, January 23, 1902

More Booker T. Washington correspondence

Booker T. Washington books, speeches, and other texts

The Booker T’s Are on Parade To-day (sheet music)

Booker T. Washington image set

Booker T. Washington related legislation

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