- What did Booker T. Washington ask of the African-American members of his audience? What did he ask of the white members of his audience?
- According to Washington, what did African Americans in the South need to do to achieve economic and social equality? How would you characterize this approach? Use evidence from the speech to characterize it.
- Many African Americans agreed with Washington's approach, yet many others were very critical of it, referring to the speech as the "Atlanta Compromise." Defend each side of the debate using evidence from the speech.
Washington, Booker T., "Address By Booker T. Washington, Principal Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, At Opening Of Atlanta Exposition," 18 September 1895. Courtesy of Library of Congress