Booker T. Washington And William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Essay

1516 Words Dec 16th, 2016 7 Pages
African – American people after the slavery, they had really hard time to get enrolled in the society, especially when they had to leave with whites, and try to be equal with them. The two most influential black men in the country were, Booker T. Washington and William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. They both agreed that African – American should be treated with equality and justice. Booker T. Washington was born as a slave on a plantation in Virginia. Washington thought his book “Up from Slavery” narrate his story about how he managed to succeed when he started from nothing, and at the end he gains the respect of people. Du Bois was not a slaver, he grew up along with his mother because he never met his father. Du Bois after the overt racism that he confronted at his university made him toward to his radicalization. Both of them wanted African – American to be respected and educated, but they had different perspective of how African – American would gain respect from whites. Thus, Washington believed that African – American people should have academic education, work hard and learn a valuable craft, so they could be productive members of society and then lead blacks to true equality. On the other hand, Du Bois believed that education and civil rights as political action were the only way to achieve equality. To begin with, Washington and Du Bois had different methods on how blacks should be educated after slavery, so they could be equal with whites. After the Civil War, blacks…

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