Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
"Atlanta Exposition Address" (1895)
What was the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition?
Explain the parable of the ships and the bucket.
Explain: "We shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify
and glorify common labour and put brains and skill into the common occupations
of life" (36).
Explain: "Nor should we permit our grievances to overshadow our
Who are "the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people
that the world has seen"(37)? Explain.
Explain the hand-finger analogy.
Explain: "The agitation of questions of social equality is the
extremest folly" (38).
Explain: "The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now
is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera-house"
What, ultimately, is Washington's main argument?