The Great Debate : The Two Visions Of Advancement For African Americans During The Progressive Era

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HISTORY 4070, DR JAMES BEEBY

The Great Debate: The Two Visions of Advancement for African-Americans during the Progressive Era

Dominique Harney

12/2/2014

Dominique Harney
Hist 4050
Dr. Beeby
The Great Debate: The Two Visions of Advancement for African-Americans during the Progressive Era The United States saw many debates regarding African-Americans in the late 19th century, debates on whether they could be seen as equal citizens, debates on whether they should be allowed the rights granted to white Americans, etc. Although all of these debates garner importance, the biggest debate may have come between two men who both advocated a different plan to uplift the African-American race as a whole. The two players in this debate were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. The first player in the debate, Washington gained national fame with his famous speech, the Atlanta Compromise that he delivered at the Cotton States and International exposition. Washington was a conservative activist who felt that the subordination to white leaders was a crucial for African-Americans in obtaining success as a race and gaining some sort of political power for the future. The second player in the debate, Dubois was a different type of activist, he took more of a radical approach to the issues facing African-Americans. Dubois made his opinions known in a different manner such as protest and public literature and made it clear that he would not tolerate discrimination based on race…

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