The status of the African-American increased little after Reconstruction. Some blacks were starting to accept their situation but two African American leaders did not. W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington saw that the situation of poverty and social inequality were bringing down their race in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They came from completely different backgrounds, one rich and one a former slave, but they had the same purpose: they sought equality in the American society for African-Americans. Washington was more for slow integration into society and working your way up where as Dubois wanted immediate equality, which he thought the blacks deserved. Despite their differences two speakers would help to change the situation for their fellow African Americans from 1877 to 1915. Booker T. Washington was stronger on living in the moment, and making good then, when he could. W.E.B. Du Bois, wanted to make sure the future was acceptful of blacks.
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Topic sentence: Education within the white society was much more prominent than in the black society.
-In 1890, 60% of the whites, 5-19 years old attended school and only 33% of the blacks did. - Between the years of 1890 and 1910, the illiteracy for blacks went from 60% of 9 year olds couldn’t read, to 32%
-Ever since the days of slavery, constraining black education was used as a method to quell black agency and fears of slave rebellions. This denial only intensified Black people's desire for education. -In higher education, several Black institutions were formed under the auspices of the Freedman's Bureau and the American Missionary Association, to help create black clerics and provide a Christian education for the Black "heathens." Simultaneously, Southern black institutions, segregated schools that largely depended on white philanthropy to exist, focused on industrial education that would prepare blacks for subservient roles in society. These...