W. E. B. Dubois Analysis

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois are considered as the two most influential black leaders of all the black American movement history. However they had contrasting views on how to attain racial equality. Within the books Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington and The Souls Of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois we see how different their views were. In this paper you will see the difference in how the two men saw the importance of education, the way they were brought up from children and also their political views. DuBois views sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Booker T.Washington Believed that social equality would come naturally when African Americans were economically powerful. W.E.B. DuBois thought that political and social equality was …show more content…
Washington and W.E.B DuBois came up with different upbringings. Washington was born into slavery and because of his family's poverty he was forced to start working at the age of 9, first in a salt furnace and then in a coal mine. He was always busy with work and never had the opportunity to get an education as a child. Realizing the importance of education he was always determined to gain one, no matter what it took. As he grew older learned about the Hampton Normal and Agricultural institute in Virginia, this was a school where people of all backgrounds could attend and exchange work for board. Washington finally reached Hampton After a long journey of 500 miles. He was such a precise worker he was offered a job as a janitor, ultimately eliminating his entire tuition. In 1881 he was selected to be the leader of the Tuskegee institute in Alabama, which he turned into a very successful school. Washington believed that negroes should achieve economic security with industrial and farming skill before fighting for their goal to win civil rights and political power. Learning a trade, proper manners and also good hygiene is the best way to gain acceptance by white, as far as Washington was concerned. Washington strongly believed black people would earn

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