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Refelections on Booker T. Washington's famous speech at the Atlanta Exposition...



Item # 643439

September 19, 1895

THE OMAHA DAILY BEE, Omaha, Nebraska, September 19, 1895 

* Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Speech
* Booker T. Washington - African-American political leader


Just the day prior noted African-American spokesman Booker T. Washington spoke before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States & International Exposition in Atlanta, a speech which would go down in history as one of the most significant by any African-American, to be known as the "Atlanta Compromise" (see hyperlink for further information).
Although organizers of the exposition were concerned that the public may not be prepared to hear a black speaker, they decided he would impress northern visitors with the evidence of racial progress in the South.
This issue has on page 19 a report on the Exposition headed: "Atlanta's Fair Is Open" "Large Number of Notable personages Present to Witness the Ceremony" "Buildings and Grounds All Finished" and other subheads. This reports on all the preparations of the event and of the notables who were present, which included Booker T. Washington who would deliver the above stated speech. 
The complete issue, light toning, minor margin wear and a little creasing, should be handled with care.

Category: Post-Civil War

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