Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Better Part, Booker T. Washington

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Better Part, Booker T. Washington

This was a great speech that was givin at the Peace jubilee, Chicago Oct. 16. 1898. What i found to be the most powerful par of the speech was wen he said
"We have succeeded in every conflict except in the effort to conquer ourselves in the blotting out of racial prejudice. We can celebrate the era of peace in more more effectual way than by a firm resolve in the part of Northern men and Southern men, black men and white men, that the trenches we together dug around Santiago shall be the eternal burial-place of all that separates us in our businessand civil relations. Let us be as generous in peace as we have been brave in battle. Until we thus conquer ourselves... we shall have a cancer gnawing at the heart of this Republic that one day shall prove as dangerous as an attack from an army from without or within." This is really interesting because its true in the past we have been able to overcome everybattle in the past with eachother, but we cant seem to but our differences to the side and try to get along. This battle that thier fighting is harder than any other as well. So its seems where basically fighting a battle with ourselves that is as dangerous as any other attack that occurred in the past. Even to this day we havent been ale to win this battle because even with all that has occurred racim still exists.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Wnat is this war about according to Washington? What is the connection between the war with spain and Washington's campaign to end segregation?

2/14/2006 1:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Cavallo said...

well you could say Washington was fighting a war of his own and if he spoke against the war he would have been cast as a trader, which would hinder his campaign to segregation. hes not forced to but as you said in class it was for his own self interest.

2/15/2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, but we would have to qualify that by saying that people do not always have only one motive for an action. A political decsion can represent complex motives, even some that appear contradictory.

It is possible that B.T. Washington was acting in what he perceived to be both the interest of his campaign against segregation and that he also believed that that this was a good war for the U.S. and the people who would be freed from Spanish rule. He may not have seen any contradiction.

The big point here is that a propagandist must mobilize other influential leaders to support his campaign, he does this by appeal ing to their common interests and beliefs, but also by understanding how the goals of a propaganda campaign can serve the self interest of the groups he attempting to moblize. Inorder to create a larger coalition you need to understand how your issue be framed in relation to the real and perceived interests of different political constituencies.

2/25/2006 6:20 PM  

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