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Booker T Washington

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Important Dates:

  • 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.
  • 1901: Washington’s widely-read autobiography Up From Slavery is published.
  • October 16, 1901. President Theodore Roosevelt invites Washington to dine at the White House.
  • January 1906: Washington, the first head of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, AL, speaks at Carnegie Hall to commemorate the Institute’s 25th Anniversary.
  • November 14, 1915. Washington dies in Tuskegee, AL at age 59.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute, Atlanta Exposition, National Negro Business League, Roosevelt, autobiography.
  • To narrow search results, use “Booker T. Washington” as a search term not “Booker Washington” or “Washington” as there are several other unrelated newspaper references to both “Booker” and “Washington”

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