The Niagara Movement Speech And The Atlanta Compromise

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Both the Niagara Movement Speech and the Atlanta Compromise were written by some of the most well-educated and well-versed men in history, and while both men ultimately spoke to their respective audience about the absolute importance of racial equality, they took different paths in persuading their audiences to agree with their points. Mr. DuBois, in his Niagara Movement Speech, spoke about education, opportunity, and voting rights in an entirely logical way, and presented clear and concise ideas when speaking about each topic. Mr. Washington, on the other hand, used a primarily emotional persuasive tactic as he appealed to both his audience 's sense of ambition when speaking of education along with their sense of dedication when speaking…show more content…
The school system in the country districts of the South is a disgrace and in few towns and cities are Negro schools what ought to be...and...when we call for education we mean real education,” he effectively made his audience view the logic in his claim about racial equality with a specific emphasis on the education of adults and more specifically children (DuBois 2). Mr. DuBois, being the well-educated man that he was, understood that by presenting his claim of educational importance in a logically and sound way, his audience would be exponentially more likely to agree with his view and act on his cause, which is exactly what transpired after his speech. In Mr. Washington’s attempt to persuade his audience in favor of educating the African American population, he chose to appeal to his perverse audience 's sense of desire and ambition. He stated that by “casting down [their] bucket among many people, helping and encouraging them as [they] are doing on these grounds, and to education of head, hand, and heart, [they] will find that [African Americans] will buy [their] surplus land, make blossom the waste of places in [their] fields, and run [their] factories” (Washington 2). In stating his claim the way he did, he hoped that his audience, which was comprised primarily of white, land-owning southerners, would realize the possible economic benefits that would result from educating the black population, and that their innate desire for material wealth would drive them to
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