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Booker T. Washington was born a slave on a small farm in Virginia in 1856. After Emancipation he worked in the mines of West Virginia and attended school to become a teacher. In 1881 he founded Tuskegee Institute to train other Negroes for work as skilled laborers and teachers. He believed that by working hard saving money, buying property, becoming important to local economics, and proving their worth blacks would earn whites’ respect and eventually equality. Washington gained national attention when he gave a speech to a mostly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition , a showcase of agricultural technology, held in Atlanta in 1895. In that speech, which became known as “The Atlanta Compromise,” he urged both blacks and whites to look to each other to solve economic problems . To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimates the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is
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