Diary of a White Ally in the Pacific Northwest

Faculty Advisor

MacBain, Tiffany

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2016


Abby Williams Hill's visit, to the Tuskegee Institute in 1902 as recorded in her diary entries, provides information regarding her support for the black community during the Progressive Era. This paper analyzes said diary entries to examine Hill's experience at Tuskegee and identify instances where Hill succeeds and fails to perform as an ally. Overall, Hill can be considered an ally during this time period becuase her writing shows that she appreciates and learns from the black community during a time when black Americans were considered inferior and white Americans superior. This trip left a lasting impression on Hill, who continued to advocate for the education of the black community after her visit. She was so moved by her time at Tuskegee she memorialized Booker T. Washington by naming a mountain after him.


University of Puget Sound

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