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The Business Strategy of Booker T. WashingtonIts Development and Implementation$
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Michael B. Boston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034737

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034737.001.0001

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The Negro Farmers' Conference

The Negro Farmers' Conference

Helping Those Near and Far

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(p.75) 4 The Negro Farmers' Conference
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The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington
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Michael B. Boston

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034737.003.0004

This chapter throws lights on the different public and private behavior of Washington, reasons behind it, and the Negro Farmer's conference. The chapter agrees with the assessments of others who have highlighted the different behavior of Washington and argues that Washington was undoubtedly aware that, at times, unfavorable compromises had to be made until his people grew economic strength and thereby became a force to be reckoned with. On the surface the Negro Farmers' Conference argued for farmers in Macon County, Alabama, and beyond, to get out of debt, stay free of debt, and purchase land to move toward independence. On a deeper level Washington and the Negro Farmers' Conference encouraged farmers to be more than just land-owning, self-sufficient farmers—to be entrepreneurs.

Keywords:   public behavior, Negro Farmers' Conference, farmers debt, land ownership, entrepreneurs

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