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Why Was Booker T Washington Attracted To Industrial Education

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Washington was attracted to the idea of industrial education because he saw it as a way to strengthen relationships from a business perspective between White men and Black people. He said the following, “I believe the way for the redemption of the Negro was being prepared through industrial development.” He felt an industrial education would give Black people the essential tools for their freedom. This is where conflict between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois arise, “Negro men and women were educated in literature, in mathematics and in the sciences, with little thought of what had been taking place during the preceding two hundred and fifty years, except, perhaps, as something to be escaped, to be got as far away from as possible.”
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