Booker T. Washington Research Paper

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Booker T. Washington was the most important black educator of the late and early 20th centuries; he positively impacted the history of America. Booker Taliaferro was born a mulatto slave in Franklin County, Virginia on April 5th 1856. Booker had 3 other si His father was an unknown white man and his mother was a slave of James Burroughs. His mothers “master” was a small farmer from Virginia. His mother got married to a man named Washington Ferguson. When booker started school he took his stepfathers name and became known as Booker T. Washington. After the civil war the family moved Malden, West Virginia. When the emancipation proclamation was read to booker and his family in front of the Burroughs house, his family soon left to join his stepfather in Malden, West Virginia. Ferguson worked in the salt mines and at the age of 9 Booker found employment as a salt-packer because his family was so poverty stricken after emancipation. Within a few years, Booker was taken in as a houseboy by a wealthy towns-woman who further encouraged his longing to learn. When booker Taliaferro Washington was 16 his parents allowed him to quit work to go to school. They had no money to help him, so he walked 200 miles to attend the Hampton Institute in Virginia and paid his tuition and board there by working as the janitor. Booker dedicated himself to the idea that education would help people of color to gain equality and respect in this country, Washington became a teacher in 1875. He first taught in his home town of Franklin county, Virginia. Then he taught at the Hampton Institute, and then in 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. As leader and creator of the Institute, he traveled the country constantly to raise funds from blacks and whites both. Soon he became a well known speaker. In 1895, Booker was asked to speak at the opening of the Cotton States Exposition, an unknown honor for an African American. His Atlanta Compromise...
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