Compare And Contrast Booker T. Washington And W. E. B. Dubois

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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…show more content…
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 and that he supported women’s rights. Dubois also believed that African-Americans should seek liberal arts degrees so that the black community would have prominent leaders. Dubois made his opinions very vocal to get his point across about segregation. While both these men were both great in their own rights, Dubois had things that Washington didn’t. The three most important things that Dubois had that Washington did not were that he was vocal, an accomplished writer, and a very educated man during this time. Through these things Dubois was able to express his views about segregation. While Booker T. Washington’s theories were accepted by some blacks, W.E.B. Dubois’ approach towards segregation and Jim Crow Laws were more effective in the black community. W.E.B. Dubois was one of the most influential black leaders in this time period of American
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