Booker T. Washington 's The Atlanta Exposition Address And W.e. B. Du Bois

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At a time when the black community was being afforded a free status, but not one of 
equality, many leaders arose to appeal to the white governing body for social equality. The transition from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century gave birth to two of these leaders, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Although these two remarkable men were both in search of a common goal, their roads leading to this goal were significantly different. This is most evident in Booker T. Washington 's The Atlanta Exposition Address and W.E.B. Du Bois response to this, The Souls of Black Folk. Booker T. Washington’s gradualism stance gives him a popular appeal among both blacks and whites, although W.E.B. Du Bois has the upper hand when it came to ideology dealing with economic prosperity among blacks.
Washington favors the humble, ask nicely, appreciate what you’re given, and say thank 
you approach to obtaining social equality. Washington addresses the issue with caution, in doing so he not only comes across as an advocate of Blacks gaining “all privileges of the law” (Up from Slavery 457), but also of Blacks being prepared “for the exercises of 
these privileges” (457). By taking this approach Washington is gaining the appeal within the black community as well as the white community. In contrast to this effective stance, Du Bois asks constantly with a loud and firm voice. Du Bois even goes as far as to say that if the Black community wants social equality they must simply…

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