Booker T Washington Vs Dubois Analysis

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Katherine Suarez
History since 1865
February, 15 2016
“The great debate”
The messages of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois are completely filled with diversity. In this debate we can see two extraordinary men with a different philosophical rivalry between both, fighting for the same purpose; to have the best strategy for African Americans to attain equality. After the Civil War, African Americans were faced with a tremendous discrimination and suffering. The newly free slaves were faced with the dilemma of become part of society that once they felt like property. During this time, two intellectuals black men with their opposite points of view regarding the best way for African Americans to improve their situations. Booker T. Washington …show more content…

Washington born in Virginia in the mid-1850s, he felt firsthand what is being a slave, because he spent all his early childhood in slavery. Washington like many blacks thought that have a formalized education was the best way to improve his living standards; in this aspect he was not wrong. He become an educator as well as a supporter of industrial education, this kind of education consist to prepared people for a specific trade, other way to say it would be it’s the opposite of liberal arts. Washington knew the needs of southern blacks and the treatment that they received, in his head does not fit anything else to think about the rights that blacks should stop agitating for voting and the civil rights civil not only in exchange for economic gains and security, but also for reduced anti-black violence. For him it would be a dream and could demonstrate the true meaning of …show more content…

All of these issues are important but I would like to focus on two very important for me, which they are education and political rights. I believe that education is the solution to problems that as both agree that having formalized education is the best way to improve living standards. Having cultured and educated people is undoubtedly the best for a nation, and there is no better way that black people can demonstrate their capabilities to improve this nation through education. I would like to highlight some of the things that Washington said in his Atlanta exposition speech; “ Casting down your bucket among my people, helping and encouraging them as you are doing on these grounds, and to education of head, hand, and heart… While doing this, you can be sure in the future, as in the past, that you and your families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen” After these words, I saw a great desire from him to find equality and to can educate his black community. Although his method of education called, industrial education, it does not capture my attention.

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