Booker T. Washington Vs. Du Bois

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Maya Siegmann
American Literature
Mrs. Rose
Booker T. vs. W.E.B.
Have you ever had an argument with a friend? A heated discussion about anything driven by opposing opinions? Arguments like this have happened all throughout history. Usually they aren’t about boys or who to be friends with but about more important things like discrimination and how to address it. Arguments like these often happened between two men named Booker T. Washington and William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, each being their own person, had contrasting ideals as well as similar ones.
Washington who was born as a slave in Virginia in 1886 worked through his childhood in a salt furnace and as a houseboy to white
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These differences also included a major difference in opinion between the two men. Washington supported self-help and wanted the black people to accept discrimination until they had time to prove to society that they are worth more than they are seen as. He believed that they could prove this through learning how to farm and do crafts. Du Bois had a very different opinion though. He believed that following the ideas of Washington would only let the oppression of blacks to go on endlessly. Du Bois was more in favor of getting the rights they deserve through social action. He believed they could achieve this through a group he called “the talented tenth”. In his book The Negro Problem Du Bois says, “"The Negro Race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education then, among Negroes, must first of all deal with the ‘Talented Tenth.’ It is the problem of developing the best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the worst." For these reasons it is clear that Washington and Du Bois had many differences in opinion.
In conclusion, it is proven that Booker T and W.E.B. though very different from the start, do have similarities. Though the two may have argued over many years they both fought for the same thing. Both wanted to achieve equality that even years after their passing we still have not achieved. The
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