Booker T Washington Speech Analysis

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On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered one of his most famous speeches, "The Atlanta Compromise," during the Atlanta International Cotton Exposition in Piedmont Park, Georgia. While the exposition's goal that year was to begin Southern trade with nations in South American and Europe, Washington's speech was used to represent the Negro enterprise and civilization, as well as to convince both the Southern White and African American races to work alongside each other as equals. In his biography Up from Slavery, Washington explained his major goal before the delivery of his speech: "As I remember it now, the thing that was uppermost in my mind was the desire to say something that would cement friendship of the races and bring about