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

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December 12, 2012 Essay # 3 “In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, and yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.” (Atlanta Compromise-Washington). This statement captures the thoughts and feelings of Mr. Booker T. Washington. Later, W.E.B. Dubois stands in direct opposition of this notion of mutual progress. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, racial tension ran tight. These men came from vastly different backgrounds, which gave them different “tools” with which to appeal and speak publicly to their audiences. The educated and skilled workers were represented. Each respective platform was delivered to similar, yet not identical, audiences, the whites of the north and south and the newly-freed black men. The…show more content…
Washington has a very interesting background. He had a slave-bound mother and free-white father. Washington lived in West Virginia and he educated himself well. Washington attended Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute as well Wayland Seminary. In 1876, Washington went to live back in West Virginia and he began teaching bible school classes at African Zion Baptist church. Washington’s determination to help improve the Negro population has had tremendous impact on many. “Cast down your bucket in agriculture, mechanics, in commerce, in domestic service, and in the professions,” says Washington to the Negros (Atlanta Compromise-Washington). He proposes that the Negros should get jobs from the northerners who have factories and not enough workers. “No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem,” claims Washington (Atlanta Compromise-Washington). He wants to convince his fellow Negroes to have dignity in anything, even tilling a field. He also makes several attempts to mend the broken relationship between whites and blacks for the mutual progress of both. He seeks peace and prosperity for all and wants to move

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