W.E.B Du Bois Vs. T. Washington

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During the late 19th and 20th century, the need for blacks’ social and economic progression was disputed between the two leaders: W.E.B Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Both were searching for ways to improve the condition of the black race. Although there were many discussions on how to improve this condition, a central theme revolved around education. Du Bois believed following the path of higher education will improve and progress the condition of the black. Washington believed that industrial education would be more effective. When debating the possible solutions to uplift the black race, Washington suggested his viewpoints, Du Bois suggested his viewpoints, and the opposing viewpoints were disputed. Much like today, their philosophies are well discussed on how to end class and racial injustice. Washington was born in slavery in Franklin County, Virginia. He became an influential black leader during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. He studied three years at Hampton. After he completed his studies, he developed the idea that industrial education was the best way to improve the condition of the black race. He believed the first key to racial progress was to develop skills that were useful to the community. The second key was interracial harmony. In the Atlanta Compromise of 1895 he mentions that he believed blacks should gain wealth and prove to whites that they are deserving of equality and respect. Washington gave a basic approach to uplifting the race; along with industrial education, he thought that getting jobs for blacks could help uplifting the race. Du Bois did not experience much racism as he grew up. He was a talented intellectual who finished high school at the age of sixteen and studied at Fisk. He later studied in Berlin and Harvard. He was the first African American to receive a doctorate. Du Bois believed that higher education would
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