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

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African Americans in the time period of the Harlem Renaissance(1920-1933) was during the post-slavery era. This did not mean that African Americans were free. Racism still existed and African Americans were not considered equal. During this time there were many African- Americans and those of the colored race who preached that all men be considered equal. Booker T. Washington, author of “An Address Delivered at the Opening of the Cotton States' Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, September, 1895”(1895), and W.E.B Du Bois, author of “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others”(1903) were two of many who spoke out against African American injustice, but they did so in contrasting ways.

Booker T. Washington, author of “An Address Delivered at the Opening of the Cotton States' Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, September, 1895”, was born into slavery. After the Civil War Washington and his mother moved to West Virginia where he began to study. He first started self teaching but then he started school, graduated, and became a teacher himself. Washington's idea about the white man and the black man was to have them be friends, but with limitations. In these limitations, Washington wanted to please the white man. As his idea's were to please the white man, he was not pleasing the black man. Washington's thought was that in order for blacks to prosper, they must work from the bottom. There were many flaws in the ideas Washington had. The major points Washington addressed had to do with education, civil rights, equality, and economics.

Washington's idea on education was not to have the same education as whites, but to have vocational teachings. He wanted blacks to learn an education in agriculture, mechanics, in commerce, and in domestic services. How could one be equal with another if they are not even allowed the same schooling, as this being an idea of Washington's it is easy to see Washington wanted to please the white man by limiting the rights of African...
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