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<div class="caption">Football team, 1901 (Bridgeforth in center rear)</div> <div class="caption">Football team, 1901 (Bridgeforth in center rear)</div>
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==== Post-M.A.C. career ==== ==== Post-M.A.C. career ====
-Like most of the first generation of African American students at Mass Aggie, Bridgeforth went on into a career in education at historically Black colleges. His first stop on the way was an important one: in 1902, he was appointed to the Agricultural Department at Tuskegee College, where he was thrown into connection with two of the most prominent leaders in African American education of the day, Booker T. Washington and George W. Carver.+Like most of the first generation of African American students at Mass Aggie, Bridgeforth pursued a career in education at historically Black colleges. His first stop on the way was at the State Normal School in Atlanta, Ga., but by 1902, he landed a position with the Agricultural Department at Tuskegee College, home to two of the most prominent leaders in African American education of the day, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.
Described by historian Linda McMurry as "a big, energetic, blustery man with a flair and a taste for administrative power," and the "temperamental opposite" of Carver, Bridgeforth was ambitious in his attempts to climb the ladder at Tuskegee. He was successful, too, but unfortunately, this success exacerbated the personality clash with Carver to result in a famously bitter and protracted feud. In the beginning, Carver had reporterdly advised against hiring Bridgeforth (as barn manager), and Bridgeforth responded by resisting Carver's authority wherever he could. After Bridgeforth was put in charge of the "Jesup Agricultural Wagon for Better Farming" in 1906 -- an adventurous experiment in agricultural extension -- and particularly after he was promoted to Director of Agricultural Operations at the College in about 1907, friction with the milder-mannered Carver peaked. Things eventually became so bad so that their work responsibilities had to be completely separated: while Bridgeforth continued as Director of Agriculture, Carver was assigned oversight of the research and Experiment Station.(7) Described by historian Linda McMurry as "a big, energetic, blustery man with a flair and a taste for administrative power," and the "temperamental opposite" of Carver, Bridgeforth was ambitious in his attempts to climb the ladder at Tuskegee. He was successful, too, but unfortunately, this success exacerbated the personality clash with Carver to result in a famously bitter and protracted feud. In the beginning, Carver had reporterdly advised against hiring Bridgeforth (as barn manager), and Bridgeforth responded by resisting Carver's authority wherever he could. After Bridgeforth was put in charge of the "Jesup Agricultural Wagon for Better Farming" in 1906 -- an adventurous experiment in agricultural extension -- and particularly after he was promoted to Director of Agricultural Operations at the College in about 1907, friction with the milder-mannered Carver peaked. Things eventually became so bad so that their work responsibilities had to be completely separated: while Bridgeforth continued as Director of Agriculture, Carver was assigned oversight of the research and Experiment Station.(7)
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