Differences Of Booker T Washington And William Edward Burghardt Dubois

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After the civil war, African Americans were faced with great discrimination and suffering. Even though slavery had come to an end politically and through the law, the newly free slaves were faced with the dilemma of changing their status within society. They had to transition from being thought of as property to being free individuals. During this period, two figures emerged for two different sides of the spectrum. They were Booker T. Washington and William Edward Burghardt DuBois. These two well-respected individuals had two different ideas when it came to finding best way for African Americans to improve their situations.
Broker T. Washington understood the wants and needs of blacks living in the South as well as the treatment that they
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He wanted the blacks to give in and not stand up for what they believe in. He did so by asking that the blacks give up privileges they worked so hard to obtain. Firstly, Washington asks for them to rid themselves of political power. Instead of focusing on political power, Washington believed that the African-American needed to focus on personal development. Secondly, Washington had asked for African-Americans to give up their civil rights. Instead of focusing on gaining equality and civil rights, the black American needed to strengthen his own position in society and not focus on his position in relation to others. Finally, the African-American needed to give up higher education. Instead of focusing on higher education, they would instead focus on industrial education and become better …show more content…
However, many people cannot see the many skilled workers who had previously been slaves ready to do their jobs. The newly freed man had not issues with a lack of skill, but they did not have support and updated training. There was an obvious gap among the whites and blacks, which made it difficult for them to be able to adequately compete for jobs. The black man needs guidance to compete against the white man. DuBois firmly believed that persistent agitation, political action, and academic education are the ways to achieve full citizenship rights for black Americans. His educational philosophy directly influenced his political approach as well. In order for blacks to get out of the low jobs they no longer wanted, he advocated for a liberal arts background because he believed that black leadership should come from college-trained individuals. “If the Negro was to learn, he must teach himself, and the most effective help that could be given him was the establishment of schools…” (DuBois 74) DuBois believed through their knowledge gained at an institution, it would shape the way for economic and cultural

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