The Plight Of African Americans Essay

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The plight of the African American has been exceptionally brutal and generationally consequential in the United States. Africans Americans were brought over to this country by force as slaves and remained enslaved for centuries and after they achieved freedom in 1865 they continually struggled through the Reconstruction period and even beyond the Civil Right period with a system of written and unwritten laws in America that kept them oppressed and made it nearly impossible to control their destiny’s. Shortly after slavery ended, many black leaders arose that had differing strategies for how African American people could strategically achieve equality in the United States. Booker. T Washington, the most influential black leader of his time, asserted that African Americans could achieve social and economic progress by ignoring the many types of discriminations they encountered and instead focus on uplifting themselves through progress hard work, education and industrial participation. He believed eventually African Americans would eventually gain respect from whites and this would lead to becoming equal in society. WEB Dubois disagreed with Dubois’ theory and believed blacks would gain equality mainly through political action. While both men had great strategies for social change, achieving true equality in this country requires a combination of both strategies. Both leader 's strategies are conducive toward achieving social, civil, political and economic progress. Many…

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