Compare And Contrast Booker T Washington And W. E. B. Dubois

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During the late nineteenth century, the Reconstruction of the South left many to question his/her individual place in society. After being freed from the bonds of slavery, African Americans struggled to understand their role as citizens of the United States. In the chaos of this time period, new leaders rose up. Two such influential people were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Both helped to establish their own ideals concerning the matter of integration. Each of their writings influence society still today as people struggle with the issues of minority in America. The analysis of Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery and W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” can help reader to better understand society’s views towards the acceptance of African Americans, their right to a fair education, and the right to vote. Ultimately, integration of society in america was key in obtaining peace. Booker T. Washington describes what he believes to be the solution to integrate African Americans into a white society. He describes a situation in which a captain is ordering his crew to cast down their buckets and retrieve water, although they are in the middle of the sea. He explains that those who cast down their buckets were not disappointed. “The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket, and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River” (Washington 1634). Washington hopes to help ease the burden that
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