Posted on the 29th October
Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 18, 1856 – November 14, 1915)
Unlike today, Booker Taliaferro Washington lived in a time when there actually was a credible black conservative tradition. Washington was an American educator, author, and adviser to multiple presidents of the United States. Washington was in fact from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery yet became the leading voice of the former slaves as well as their descendants. Determined to get an education, Washington enrolled at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, whilst he taught children in a day school and adults at night.
Most black people felt comfortable with Washington’s approach, however, his influence among whites was so strong, that he became an unofficial arbiter determining which Black individuals and institutions were deemed worthy to benefit from government patronage and white philanthropic support!
He urged his fellow blacks, most of whom were impoverished and illiterate farm labourers, to temporarily abandon their efforts to win full civil rights and political power and instead to cultivate their industrial and farming skills to attain economic security. Hence, they would accept segregation and discrimination, at the time. Their beliefs included that, eventual acquisition of wealth and culture would gradually win them the respect they deserve and acceptance of the white community.
This would break down the divisions between the two races and lead to equal citizenship for Blacks in the end. In his epochal speech (September 18, 1895) to a racially mixed audience at the Atlanta Exposition, Washington summed up his pragmatic approach in the famous phrase:
In all things that are purely social we can be separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
To rediscover your interest in American History, you can find a History tutor here!
Sherpa has hundreds of qualified and experienced UK tutors who are ready to help you achieve your goals. Search through our tutors and arrange a free 20 minute introduction through our industry-leading online classroom.Find a Tutor
Is Online Tutoring Effective?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more students are being admitted to online tutoring platforms to catch up on their education. This raises questions about the effectiveness of online tutoring.
Dealing with Dyslexia
According to the British Dyslexia Association, more than 7 million people in the UK and 15% of the world’s population are diagnosed with dyslexia. In the UK and most Western countries, studen
Read Around the Topic - GCSE Physics. Does the Big Bang Provide Enough Evidence for the Origins of the Universe?
How was our universe created? The secular perspective includes matter and subatomic particles coming together to expand and explode creating the universe. Others argue the non-secular theory