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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 Setting That Shaped Booker T. Washington's Entrepreneurial Philosophy

The Setting That Shaped Booker T. Washington's Entrepreneurial Philosophy

(p.1) 1 The Setting That Shaped Booker T. Washington's Entrepreneurial Philosophy
The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington

Michael B. Boston

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores the factors which shaped Booker T. Washington's entrepreneurial ideas. The political, economic, and social settings of the United States in the post-Reconstruction era, particularly the general Southern situation in the period from 1877 to 1915, shaped, developed, and reinforced Washington's ideas. Washington advocated that the upliftment of the African-American could be achieved more readily by addressing Southern racism than by engaging in Northern competition. Washington's public addresses and published writings tended to focus on political events when they discussed the effects of Reconstruction on African Americans. He felt that white leaders were using the African-American voters to gain political office and were not devoted to their advancement.

Keywords:   Booker T. Washington, entrepreneurial ideas, African-American, post-Reconstruction era, racism, political gain, politicians

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