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Unformatted text preview: Maryam Oda Dr. Vernon Williams AAAD-A 405 11/3/11 Booker T Washingtons influence on Jim Crow laws In 1895, Booker T. Washington presented a racially charged address to nearly eight hundred thousand individuals, most of whom were white. This speech had a significant impact on future decisions concerning black people. Many researchers argue that Washingtons Atlanta Compromise aided in the supreme justices decision in the Plessy vs. Ferguson trail of 1896. I would argue that Washingtons address indeed played a role in the justices decision in affirming Jim Crow laws constitutional. Washingtons speech, addressed to mainly white prominent agricultural and industrialist, was geared toward pushing his agenda for his race. Washington believed that blacks, in there new found status of freed citizenship should focus primarily on improving their condition. Dr. Vernon Williams, an Indiana University professor of African and African American Diaspora Studies explained Washingtons sentiment in his lecture when he exclaimed, Washington believed the mistake would be to focus on politics Blacks should focus on self-improvement. believed the mistake would be to focus on politics Blacks should focus on self-improvement....
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