Extremism is often considered as antonym to compromise, which, depending on context, may be associated with concepts of balance and tolerance . In the negative connotation , compromise may be referred to as capitulation , referring to a " surrender " of objectives, principles, or material, in the process of negotiating an agreement. In human relationships, "compromise" is frequently said to be an agreement with which no party is happy because the parties involved often feel that they either gave away too much or that they received too little. 
This phrase surfaced numerous times throughout Washington's speech.  Generally, the phrase had different meanings for whites and blacks. For whites, Washington seemed to be challenging their common misperceptions of black labor. The North had been experiencing labor troubles in the early 1890s ( Homestead Strike , Pullman Strike , etc.) and Washington sought to capitalize on these issues by offering Southern black labor as an alternative, especially since his Tuskegee Institute was in the business of training such workers. For blacks, however, the "Bucket motif" represented a call to personal uplift and diligence, as the South needed them to rebuild following the Civil War.