This download comes with both PDF and MS WORD formats for BOTH documents described below. The documents have been formatted to fit perfectly on one paper (front and back) for easy printing. There is a background provided on each document, as well as the transcripts of the speeches, and guiding, document-based questions to guide students through each text. Enjoy!
Booker T. Washington -
The Atlanta Compromise Speech, also called the Atlanta Exposition Address, was delivered by Booker T. Washington at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition on September 18th, 1895. It is considered one of the most important and influential speeches in American History. Despite criticism, the organizers invited this black speaker in order to demonstrate to the Northern States that racial progress was being made.
WEB Du Bois -
The excerpt was taken from "The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century". This particular speech was given at a Niagara Movement meeting in August of 1906. The Niagara Movement was a black civil rights organization looking to oppose segregation and disenfranchisement. The speech was given at Storer College, an historically black school in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.