Booker T. Washington's, the Atlanta Exposition Address 
 and W.E.B. Du Bois Response to This, the Souls of Black Folk.

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At a time when the black community is being afforded a free status, but not one of 
equality, many leaders arise to appeal to the white governing body for social equality. 
The transition from the ninetieth century to the twentieth century gives birth to two of 
these leaders, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Although these two remarkable men 
were both in search of a common goal, their roads leading to this goal were significantly 
different. This is most evident in Booker T. Washington's, The Atlanta Exposition Address 
 and W.E.B. Du Bois response to this, The Souls of Black Folk. Booker T. Washington’s gradualism stance gives him a popular appeal among both blacks and whites, although W.E.B. Du Bois has the upper hand when it comes to ideology dealing with economic prosperity among blacks. Washington favors the humble, ask nicely, appreciate what you’re given, and say thank 
you approach to obtaining social equality. Washington addresses the issue with caution, 
in doing so he not only comes across as an advocate of Blacks gaining “all privileges of 
the law”(Up from Slavery, 457), but also of Blacks being prepared “for the exercises of 
these privileges.”(457) By taking this approach Washington is gaining the appeal 
within the black community as well as the white community. In contrast to this effective stance, Du Bois asks constantly with a loud and firm voice. Du Bois even goes as far as to say that if the Black community wants social equality they must simply complain. “Ceaseless agitation”( The Souls of Black Folk 563 ) he feels will do more in the fight for equality than “voluntarily throwing away”(563) the reasonable rights they are entitled to. The opposing approaches of Washington and Du Bois are far from unnoticeable, and receive recognition from both sides. In Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Address he comments that the “wisest among my
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