Booker T Washington And Dubois

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois were advocates for the civil rights movement. They offered different strategies for dealing with the problems of poverty and discrimination that black Americans faced during the late 1800s. Their strategies were different. Washington preferred a gradual incline of black involvement and acceptance, whereas DuBois preferred immediate direct action. DuBois tried to get African Americans to be involved in politics for this would be the only way their freedoms would be maintained and that could gain influence in society. Carter Woodson states that without political involvement, they would “lose ground in the basic things of life,” (Doc I). DuBois says that the original democratic system does not exist anymore; a caste system replaced it with the white men on top, who try to diminish the civil liberties of those below them, the blacks (Doc F). Dubois’s solution is that African Americans must constantly fight and argue for what they desire in order to ever gain their rights (Doc E). Education was an issue amongst blacks and whites. Although school enrollment rates increased from roughlt 0% to 50%, between 1860 and 1925, there were higher illiteracy rates amongst blacks for their education was still below whites. Washington though if black focused on advancing economically they would eventually receive the rights they deserved. He supported trade schools such as Tuskegee that would teach trades. These would include jobs in agriculture and industry (Doc G). DuBois believed after a through education would one succeed. He believes that “industrial education would not stand African Americans in place of political, civil, and intellectual liberty.” (Doc H). Washington and DuBois differed in their strategies for equality amongst blacks and
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