The Conflict Between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington

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W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington were two great leaders of the black community in the late 19th and 20th century. However, they disagreed on strategies for black social and economic progress. Though they disagreed both black men faced the same obstacle of how to end class and racial injustice, and to achieve first-class citizenship for blacks. At this time first-class citizenship was determined by at least three aspects political power, civil rights, and the higher education of blacks. Both men had two different ideas for achieving this goal. Washington was considered at this time to be the spokesman of the black race, by giving his famous “Atlanta Compromise” speech in front of predominantly white audience in the south in the his speech he focused on getting help from the whites and accepting their place as blacks on earth. however, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed a plan that set him right under, if not with, Washington. One may argue that DuBois essay in his collection The Souls of Black Folk with the title “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others.” critiquing Washington’s thoughts on how blacks should go about gaining equality showed that black men during this time was in fact in different classes or thought more of them selves depending on their upbringing and brought forth different opinions of what they thought was right for their own race to do to be seen as equal to whites or be given the freedoms that law intended for them to have , but I agree with W.E.B. Du Bois's strategy of the pursuit of intellect through higher education in order to gain first-class citizenship for the African American race. In Washington’s speech he basically tells the audience that blacks are better off in the position whites have forced upon them and they should be thankful and assume the working positions that most whites are offering them as field hands, maids, servants,
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