W.E.B Du Bois vs. Booker T Washington Essay

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When talking about the history of African-Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, two notable names cannot be left out; Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois. They were both African-American leaders in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, fighting for social justice, education and civil rights for slaves, and both stressed education. This was a time when blacks were segregated and discriminated against. Both these men had a vision to free blacks from this oppression. While they came from different backgrounds, Washington coming from a plantation in Virginia where he was a slave, and Du Bois coming from a free home in Massachusetts, they both experienced the heavy oppression blacks were under in this Post-Civil War society. Booker T.…show more content…
But he also encountered many of the “same hardships as other slaves” (Moore 15). Finally, after the end of the Civil War, Washington was declared free. In his autobiography, Up From Slavery, he recalls the moment when he was set free; “[she] read a rather long paper – the Emancipation Proclamation, I think. ... She explained to us what it all meant, that this was the day for which she had been so long praying, but fearing that she would never live to see” (Washington 19-21). When he was 25, Washington was recommended for the position of the first President at a new school for blacks called the Tuskegee Institute. He received this recommendation through the President of the Hampton Institute, which was the school that Washington attended. Even though such a position was usually held by whites, Washington was given the job in 1881 (Moore 25). Washington bought the grounds of a former plantation, and through student labor, the Institute was built. And on this plantation is where the current campus is located. The Tuskegee Institute became a platform for Washington’s success. As the Institute grew, so did Washington’s popularity. Washington was the first President at Tuskegee, and remained President until his death in 1915. His position as President would later help him when his views and methods of achieving racial equality were attacked by W.E.B Du Bois. Between Washington and Du Bois, Washington was by far the more conservative
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