When Spencer walked through her home, she would oen “r ft ecall a person, an incident, a memory, an object that . . . made the room and space seem sacred to her.” © John M. Hall Photographs. 1 President Booker T. Washington, the canny founder of Tuskegee Institute - , be came famous (or infamous, depending on the observer) for words he spoke at the opening of Atlanta’s Cotton States and International Exhibition in 1895. The only African American person on the program, Washington used the spotlight to ask black southerners to accept the social and political domination of southern whites in exchange for mutual economic progress. Sharing with his mix rac e aud ed- i- ence the story of parched sailors who found fresh water from the Amazon in what seemed to be the salty Atlantic, Washington advised both races to “cast down your bucket where you are,” and to find their futures in the South. Becoming known as the Atlanta Compromise, Washington’s proposal drew praise from many whites and some blacks as a practical solution to what they called the “race problem.” It also drew condemnation from militants - , who de nounced Washington for surrendering
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jul 13, 2018
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