Booker T. Washington And W.E. Dubois

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African-American Literature 121 Response Paper #2 October 12, 2011 Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois I will show the different views of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois on racial progress and education. Both men had great ideas about both but totally different views as to how they felt or seen a resolution to the problem of racial progress and education. Booker T. Washington and W.E. B. Dubois wanted freedom from oppression for African Americans, but their approach towards this goal would create a great deal of conflict between the two. Booker T. Washington was born on April 5, 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia. Booker was born into slavery in a hut. Washington being born out of slavery a self educated man until he would attend Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Virginia. Booker T. Washington would see things different and bring an approach that would manipulate the masses of whites. Washington’s views on "racial progress" were that offered black acquiescence in disenfranchisement and social segregation if whites would back the idea of black progress in education, agriculture, and economics. Agriculture to Washington was one of the soul ideas of his "racial progress" theory. Washington argued that the focus of African-Americans should be education on a trade so that they could be taught the skills they needed to be able to open up their own businesses. That would lead to African-Americans to create jobs for other African-Americans. Washington felt blacks shouldn’t worry about winning civil rights, but rather have some kind of economic stability first. To him, having money or property would be a way of gaining respect and acceptance from the white community. Washington envisioned blacks moving up from the bottom of society through hard work. The year Du Bois was born February 23, 1868 was the year that many of the rights and privileges of
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