History Leaders

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Booker T. Washington was a representative of the last generation of black leaders born in slavery and spoke on behalf of blacks living in the South. He wasn’t an ordinary black leader who sought out to get the people voice by acting out and making a scene but by doing a reverse psychology and getting the attention and respect he wanted by playing a different role. To many he was an inspiration whose documentaries left a mark upon them as it did to Louis R. Harlan. Harlan became a believer in Washington and made Washington’s teachings into a historical biography, devoting his career into learning and studying everything about him. He understood his beliefs and turned it into some special. On the other hand, some argues that Washington’s take and actions on blacks towards white wasn’t right and wasn’t bringing out the right message that blacks wanted. W.E.B Dubois was a strong disbeliever of Washington and critiques his personal opinions on Washington’s view towards racism. Between Harlan and Dubois, both opposite oppositions of Washington’s views on racism, we compare and contrast their personal views of his understandings and racism of blacks and whites of their personal publishing.

When Louis Harlan first came into contact with Washington’s amazing documentary legacy, he ended up devoting his career into controversial educator and race leader. As a white southerner, Harlan had to understand not only the man but his times and the lives of his contemporaries of both black and white who shapes Washington’s philosophy and actions. Washington became an inspiration to many people and Harlan took a great deal of interest and wrote an award winning biography of Washington’s papers. Washington saw himself as a point between the blacks and whites who could keep the peace by holding the extremist on both sides in check. In the Atlanta Address in 1895, Washington stated, “Cast down your bucket where you are’- cast it down in making friends in evenly manly way of the...
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