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Booker T Washington’s “Atlanta Exposition Address” is a social statement with regard to government support, workforce, development, and economic prosperity for all races. In his address, Washington focuses mainly on the positive aspects of relations between whites and blacks, emphasizing that only 30 years have passed since the abolishment of slavery. He suggests that Black people may have tried to improve their living too fast after the Civil War, referring to attempts by Black leaders to secure seats in Congress instead of attempting social improvement through “real estate” and/or “industrial skill”. Washington creates an analogy of a ship lost at sea and the condition of the now free Black people. Washington tells a story of a lost ship, where the crew is suffering from thirst. The crew sees a vessel and ask for help, to where the vessel states “cast down your bucket where you are”. The lost ship, however, continues to beg for water. At last, the lost ship puts their bucket in the water, where they find “fresh, sparkling water”. Washington uses this analogy to indicate that

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