Analysis Of Booker T. Washington

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois were very important African American leaders in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They both felt that African Americans should not be treated unequally in education and civil rights. They had beliefs that education is crucial for the African American community where they stressed that educating African Americans would lead them into obtaining government positions, possibly resulting in social change. Washington and Du Bois had similar goals to achieve racial equality in the United States, but there approaches were very different in educating the lives of the black population. Washington was conservative, who felt that the subordination to white leaders was essential for African Americans in becoming successful to gain political power. On the other hand, Du Bois voiced his opinions through public literature and protest, making it clear that discrimination among blacks were intolerable. The opposing ideas of these African American leaders are illustrated in Du Bois’ short story, “Of the Coming of John”, where Du Bois implies his opposition to Washington’s ideas. He shows that the subordination of educated black individuals does not result in gaining respect or equality from the white community.
On the other hand, Du Bois chose to publicly speak out against segregation and published many literary works that favored racial equality. He states in his chapter “Of the Training of Black Men” from his…

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