Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X were two very powerful advocates for civil rights in the south. These two men fought for equal rights for African Americans. Both were two influential leaders who changed this nation tremendously by expressing their beliefs to the masses. Even though they both had similar messages concerning their beliefs, they took different routes in getting what they believed in. Martin Luther king Jr was one of the most influential people in the civil rights movement.
Besides being just against slavery he was also fought for women’s rights. He thought that blacks should not be able to vote if the women could not either. Douglass believed that everyone’s input would be important, not just men. As the Civil War approached, Douglass felt that if the war was to end slavery then the black slaves should fight alongside the soldiers. When the war was over slavery was abolished but in the Presidential Election of 1864, Douglass did not support Lincoln because he felt that Lincoln was not enforcing that the blacks still could not vote, instead he supported John C. Fremont.
They were for slavery because of the finical gain. The labor they didn’t have to do and taxes. They were against slavery because they felt that the government couldn’t control the importation of slavery. The position that the Connecticut delegates and Mr. Heath in the Massachusetts debate took in the lead role of not participate in the slave trade. This was done by prohibiting the importation of slaves.
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Life and Role in Social Welfare First Name Last Name HUS 101 Pam Kaus Jefferson Community College Abstract W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most influential and controversial scholarly-activists of the early twentieth century. This paper will describe Du Bois life history, political activism, and his many contributions to civil and equal rights. His ideas and leadership has served as an inspiration for helping to the development of the human service field.
In Charles F. Wilson’s letter to president Roosevelt did not try to present the view of President Roosevelt as a hypocrite, so much as it was meant to expose and explain the true environmental inequality’s faced by the African American soldiers, in an attempt to ask a very valid question- How can we create a world democracy through war when it doesn’t even exist in America? This question was meant to prove a momentous point and possibly open doors when it came to discrimination. How could we say we are trying to improve opportunities (through the FEPC) and create equality for all ethnicities within country, and still practice segregation in the Armed Forces? The circumstances were somewhat hypocritical, but I don’t necessarily think that Wilson viewed Roosevelt as a hypocrite. His letter seemed to be more from the perspective of a man reaching out toward a political figure that he respected, asking for FDR’s aid in addressing (and possibly correcting) some of the contradictions in America’s conduct of the war.
Washington recognized the resistance that white America instinctively felt toward any form of radical racial reforms. Although his strategy did not produce many immediate rewards for blacks at the time, it was important in the long run. W.E.B DuBois stood in sharp contrast to Washington’s attempts at working within the system. DuBois looked at the
The leaders of the Progressive movement, while preoccupied with their desire of gaining greater democracy for the American people, thought only in the terms of the white population. African Americans were, for the most part, ignored by Progressive presidents and governors. The Progressive era coincided with years of racial tensions. The Progressives during this time period did nothing about segregation and lynching. This was due to the fact that they shared in the general prejudice of their time and because of the fact that they considered other reforms (such as lower tariffs) to be more important that anti-lynching laws.
Washington preferred a gradual incline of black involvement and acceptance, whereas DuBois preferred immediate direct action. DuBois tried to get African Americans to be involved in politics for this would be the only way their freedoms would be maintained and that could gain influence in society. Carter Woodson states that without political involvement, they would “lose ground in the basic things of life,” (Doc I). DuBois says that the original democratic system does not exist anymore; a caste system replaced it with the white men on top, who try to diminish the civil liberties of those below them, the blacks (Doc F). Dubois’s solution is that African Americans must constantly fight and argue for what they desire in order to ever gain their rights (Doc E).
Washington felt blacks shouldn’t worry about winning civil rights, but rather have some kind of economic stability first. To him, having money or property would be a way of gaining respect and acceptance from the white community. Washington envisioned blacks moving up from the bottom of society through hard work. The year Du Bois was born February 23, 1868 was the year that many of the rights and privileges of
I concluded that Smith and his friends were right, that the Constitution, which was inaugurated to, form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general warfare, and secure the blessing of liberty” (Oates,page 109, part 16) . In that passage Douglass believed that even though he was a black man living in the north he believed that the Constitution was more geared towards the white man. The blacks felt excluded for consideration as members of society and had few rights. I feel that even though the North were free states, some of the blacks feared that the would still be treated inferior to the whites, even if they were born a slave or bought their freedom. That’s why I feel he wanted to be a part of the political abolitionist, the Liberty Party.