Topics: African American, American Civil War, Negro Pages: 2 (513 words) Published: February 13, 2015
1. Who is the author of the document?   

The Atlanta Compromise Speech was written by Booker T. Washington in 1895. Booker T. Washington is one of the famous African American leaders. He was born in 1850s Virginia, his mother a slave and father an unnamed white man. As a young child he yearned to attend school as he seen the white children do, but it was illegal for at this time. At age 12, one of his bosses noticed his desire to learn and his potential and decided to send him to school. He would later attend Hampton Normal Agricultural Institute, graduating with high marks. In 1881, Washington would be asked to run the newly opened “colored” school in Alabama.

2. When was this document written?  How long after the event was it written?

The Atlanta Compromise Speech was written in September 1895 and presented at the International Exposition in Atlanta.

3. What is the subject of the document? 

In Washington’s speech he was asking that whites allow African Americans to prosper economically. He was also asking for educational opportunities for African Americans and justice in the court system. He never denied segregation, just asked for more rights and respect basically.

4. Where does the action contained in this document take place?  Is it important to the subject of the document?  What is the relationship of the author to the action?

The speech takes place in Atlanta at the International Exposition. The purpose of the International Exposition in Atlanta was to discuss the city's recovery and economic development. Some of the planned topics at the 1895 International Exposition included technology, transportation, manufacturing, mining, agriculture and trade. I think this speech was pertinent in sharing the importance of including African Americans in order to grow and prosper.

5. Why did the author write this document?  Who is his audience?  What does he hope to gain from writing this document?  What is his point of view?...
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