Chapter

The Negro Farmers' Conference

Michael B. Boston

in The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034737
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034737.003.0004
The Negro Farmers' Conference

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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

Chapter.  6497 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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