Booker T. Washington was born as Booker Taliaferro Washington on April 05, 1856. Booker T. Washington was a very successful, well-educated African American. Booker T. Washington founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama known as the Tuskegee University in 1881.
On September 18, 1895 Booker T. Washington gave his most famous speech at the Atlanta Exposition in Atlanta Georgia. The speech was about racial harmony, which Booker T. Washington urged blacks and whites to work together. What is racial harmony? Racial harmony is when people of different races with the same nationalities come together to work and live harmoniously as one big family in a nation. Booker T. Washington quoted, “No race can prosper till it learns there is a much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”
Booker T. Washington’s approach to racial harmony is realistic in the nineteenth Century America because he is trying to get black and whites to come together and be one. When Booker T. Washington says, “Cast down your bucket where you are” he is simply saying to the black Americans to just continue doing whatever it is you are doing will soon change and get better. Booker T. Washington is just saying hold on and be patient. He is letting the white Americans know that a change will come and there will be no more slavery, blacks will be in charge of their own actions and some even in the seats of the Congressman, and the state legislatures and more. He is trying to convince the whites that black people can be on top too. Blacks and whites can work together to accomplish things. Blacks was always at the bottom and now at the top in some cases.
Booker T. Washington’s speech was for both the white and black Northerners and Southerners. Booker T. Washington was a good leader for the black communities. He wanted to better the country. He was simply saying that the blacks can not just think they are going to be automatically respected as citizens. Booker T....