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

1344 WordsMar 28, 20066 Pages
A Clash of Ideologies: W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington During the turn of the century, between the years 1895 and 1915 there were many theories of how African Americans were going to achieve first-class citizenship. At this time first-class citizenship was determined by at least three aspects: political power, civil rights, and the higher education of Negro youth. Two prominent black leaders arose in order to accomplish this feat. They had two different ideas for one goal. These two black leaders during this time were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Booker T. Washington was considered at this time to be the spokesman of the black race, however, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed a plan that set him right under, if not with, Mr.…show more content…
The submissive part was, if none else, the fact that we were to accept that black people were going to continue to use their hands as a means to be productive to a white society. Feeling that that was the only way we could fit into a society was seen as failure to some. This body had another leader to turn to for Negro leadership. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, labeled as a radical, had a solid idea for African American progression called the "Talented Tenth". In his essay called The Talented Tenth he mentioned, "The negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men". Du Bois believed that if a small group of black persons attained college educations they will be leaders of the race and encourage the rest to do the same and reach a higher level of education. Du Bois stated, "If this be true—and who can deny it—three tasks lay before me; first to show from the past that the Talented Tenth as they have risen among American Negroes have been worthy of leadership; secondly; to show how these men may be educated and developed; and thirdly, to show their relation to the Negro problem". Du Bois believed on contrary to Booker T. Washington that if you wanted something accomplished you go right at it. Taking a shot at Washington 's theory he claimed, "This is an age of unusual economic development, and Mr. Washington 's programme naturally takes an economic cast, becoming a gospel of Work and Money to such an extent as
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