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How do you approach his task of being "house father" to 75 native Americans at the Hampton Instititute?


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Booker T. Washington said that residing with seventy-five Indian youths was like living with students of any other race. All they required was kindness, discipline, and most importantly, the ability to speak the English language.

I found that they were about like any other human beings; that they responded to kind treatment and resented ill-treatment. They were continually planning to do something that would add to my happiness and comfort. The things that they disliked most, I think, were to have their long hair cut, to give up wearing their blankets, and to cease smoking; but no white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man's clothes, eats the white man's food, speaks the white man's language, and professes the white man's religion.


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