Booker T. Washington: Topics in Chronicling America
Booker T. Washington worked for the advancement of the black community during the early 20th century. This guide provides access to material related to “Booker T. Washington” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was one of the leading African American voices of his time. He was a writer, editor, orator, and civil rights activist who worked for the advancement of the black community. His most famous speech was the "Atlanta Compromise." In 1901, his autobiography, Up From Slavery became a bestseller. Later, he founded the Tuskegee Institute. Read more about it!
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September 18, 1895
Washington delivers his “Atlanta Compromise” address at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, GA. He was the first African-American man to address a racially-mixed Southern audience.
August 24, 1900
The National Negro Business League, established by Washington, holds its first meeting.
Washington’s widely-read autobiography Up From Slavery is published.
October 16, 1901
President Theodore Roosevelt invites Washington to dine at the White House.
Washington, the first head of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, AL, speaks at Carnegie Hall to commemorate the Institute’s 25th Anniversary.