Analysis Of Booker T. Washington

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After the Civil War, African Americans sought a voice. They needed someone to project that voice. I will be discussing four black men and how they helped better the lives of black Americans while also disclosing some of their more problematic notions. The impacts and contracts of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alexander Crummell, and Marcus Garvey on post-emancipation America are evident through the social and political progress of the United States. Booker T. Washington was a nationalist who supported gradualism and separatism. He was very conservative compared to others of his time, especially other black leaders. When Frederick Douglass died in 1895, black Americans sought a new role model for their race. During his reign as the popular spokesperson for the African American race from 1895 to 1915, Washington cautioned blacks of protesting segregation. He saw the south as black American’s home; therefore, they should not leave. White American’s were fond of Washington because he wanted to educate blacks on labor and trade skills, essentially creating a second-class of citizens to help build up the economy to the way it was before the Civil War. He helped found the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881. The Tuskegee Institute was not like other black colleges. Focusing on manual labor and trade skills, the school relied on Washington’s belief that agricultural and industrial labor builds “good character and solid citizens” Washington clearly had an
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