Date of Award

January 1957

Degree Type



Although separate addresses of Booker T. Washington have been reproduced and commented upon by writers of both newspaper articles and books, and Mr. E. Davidson Washington has edited a book of his father's addresses, 1 no full, analytical study It is the aim of this thesis to discover the sources of Mr. Washington's oratorical success. What were those qualities of this addresses that enabled him to get "the desired response"?2 What was it that made his speeches move, persuade, and conv 1E. Davidson Washington, Editor, Selected Speeches of Booker T. Washington, Garden City, New York, 1932. 2W. P. Sanford, Principles of Effective Speaking , New York, 1934, p. 6.