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Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915) was an educator, author, intellectual and orator, who founded Tuskegee University in 1881. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the most prominent leader in the African American community. 

"The Awakening of the Negro" (1896) is a semi-autobiographical essay that sets out Washington’s vision of uplifting his people. "Character Building" (1902) is a collection of speeches on self-development given to students and faculty at the Tuskegee Institute, of which he was the head. In his article, "The Case of the Negro", he discusses the various options to improve the lives of his people, stressing the importance of developing oneself for life-long success. 

In his book "Up from Slavery" (1901) and speeches "The Atlanta Compromise", "The Future of the American Negro", and "Industrial Education for the Negro", he stresses the importance of vocational training, defining the term "industrial education" as acquiring the skills to become a valuable member of society, and the ability to apply this knowledge to business. 

He believed that the South presented a far better opportunity than the North when it comes to the matter of securing property and employment. As one of the founders of the National Negro Business League (1900), Washington was also a strong proponent of African-American businesses.

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  • 28-02-2021

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Important history to be regained. This refutes much of the rhetoric that today is recited

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  • 26-10-2020

this was a horrible horrible

this was a horrible narrator . im considering return the entire book. as it was that bad

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  • Lincoln Farquharson
  • 07-07-2021

Great History, Horrible Narration

The content is incredible and Booker T Washington's story is all inspiring, however the narration was horrible. The narration was so bad it makes you not want to listen.

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