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It's interesting how many slaves named themselves Washington after they were free. Maybe it's because George Washington was the only Founding Father to free his slaves after he died (sorry, had to put that since I'm a Revolutionary War fan). This quote is from "The Atlanta Exposition Address" by Booker T. Washington.

"No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem" (para. 6).

I thought that Washington's writing style was a little easier to understand than Du Bois. The main point Washington is trying to get across in quote is that in order to make a living for yourself, you have to work, whether it be academically for physically (but then again, that's what I get from it).



Katie Lantz said:

I never thought about the amount of slaves named Washington....

Maybe they saw him as the first "freed" man from England and decided to follow in his footsteps. Seems kind of fitting.

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