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Booker T. Washington: An Education

After Reconstruction ended in the South and the difficulties of transitioning from slavery to emancipation became painfully clear, many southern blacks turned to education, especially for their children, as a way to prevail in a system of white dominance and violence. This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow focuses on Booker T. Washington, a powerful political leader and educator who led a campaign to educate blacks throughout the South. Washington was born into slavery but learned to read and write. Later, as a freedman, he attended Hampton Institute and became a teacher. By the early 1880s, he was invited to be the principal of a new school in Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute.

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