Civil Rights Essay

460 WordsApr 13, 20142 Pages
After the Civil War racism was still present in the form of segregation and Jim Crow Laws. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois were both prominent African-Americans who had two very different views on segregation and Jim Crow Laws. While both of these men’s opinions were important at the time, Dubois had factors that Washington did not have. Although Booker T. Washington’s views were popular, W.E.B. Dubois’s approach towards Jim Crow Laws and segregation were more effective because he used his education, writing, and voice to spread his ideas. It was these three things that made Dubois’s approach more effective. Although many people believed in Washington’s theories, Dubois used education to make segregation go away. Dubois was the first African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. In response to Washington’s theories, Dubois founded the Niagara Movement. Dubois also proposed that a group of educated blacks, what he referred to as the “talented tenth” of the community, attempt to achieve immediate inclusion to mainstream American life. It was through his education that Dubois was able to accomplish these things. Dubois also wrote many works that helped expand peoples’ knowledge of segregation. One of his first works he published about segregation was a landmark study called The Philadelphia Negro. Another work was his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk. Finally, he published a book to show people that things haven’t really changed in his book Black Folk, Then and Now. Even though Dubois published many more works, these three really opened peoples’ eyes to the segregation going on around them. In addition to being a very accomplished writer, Dubois was also very vocal about his opinions. He had made it very clear that he didn’t like Washington’s views on segregation. He also adamantly opposed the idea of biological white superiority

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