Booker T Washington's Up From Slavery

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Booker T. Washington acted as a leader for the African American community and freed slaves. He himself was the last black leader and advocate born into slavery; he served as a voice for the final generation of slaves. His primary goal was centered around improving the African American community through education and development of skill related to any field of industrial work. Washington wrote the autobiography, Up From Slavery, as a way of addressing the fight for equality of African Americans in early 20th century America. W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights activist and served as a voice for the black community in the early 20th century. He was also the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). …show more content…
Washington’s Up From Slavery was an autobiography detailing his own personal experience of being a slave and rising to become a leader for African Americans. Up From Slavery served as Washington’s “appeasement with the Southern white establishment,” resulting in the distaste from many blacks. (Lewis) Washington reveals that African Americans needed to develop a skill that could help them get a job and inevitably work for their white superior. Washington didn 't explicitly say that blacks were inferior to whites, but he gave no inclination that they weren’t. The fact that he supported a lot of what whites believed to be true, in turn led to their unconditional support. He upheld the white belief involving the social and civil rights of African Americans, he supports segregation and the restriction of black voting rights. Many blacks rejected Washington’s beliefs because it only seemed to highlight that whites should continue to master and control them, leaving little to no room for African American progression. Booker T. Washington, a former slave, holding such beliefs were seen as hypocritical and disparaging of blacks. The African American community, to which his autobiography seems to be addressed, was concerned with the reasoning of his beliefs and understandings. His idea that blacks should adopt a skill so that they could work and provide for their families isn 't necessarily a bad idea; however, that was all he recommended them to do. Washington didn 't advise them to seek higher education, but rather continue on and progress in the lower classes. As a former slave, Washington experienced a life vastly different from those critiquing his argument. In a way Washington was a result of assimilation into the white culture, for many slaves would admire their white masters and hope to be like them. Upon freeing the slaves, these ideals didn 't go away, especially in people like Booker T. Washington. People like Washington heard all their lives what they

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