Analysis Of The Poem ' Souls Of Black Folk ' Essay

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W.E.B. Du Bois: Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others W.E.B. Du Bois—a prominent African American leader in the late 19th and early 20th century—wrote an essay in his book, Souls of Black Folk, entitled “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others.” In his essay, Du Bois publicly criticizes Washington’s ideology on industrial education and the submission to political and civil rights for the African American race. He confronts and argues against the strategies for which Washington is advocating. The clash of these ideological rivals ignited the public debate over the advancement of African Americans in society throughout the post-Reconstruction period. In the essay “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others”, Du Bois uses a combination of ethos, pathos and logos to effectively persuade his readers of the problematic accommodations for which Booker Washington was advocating. His use of logical reason strongly supports his argumentative claims against Washington. The essay was structurally organized allowing his readers to understand, analyze and form a judgment on his argumentative opinions of Washington’s ideology. It is very apparent Du Bois has a strong opposition towards Washington’s claims; however, he provides credit to him where he believes credit was due to remain unbiased. W.E.B. Du Bois’ essay successfully created a compelling argument of the inadequacies advocated by Mr. Washington’s ideology over the advancement of the African American race by using logical…

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