Compare And Contrast Booker T Washington

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Booker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” W.E.B. Du Bois quoted, “The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork.” These are two quotes from two great leaders of the African American community in the late 19th and 20th Century. Although they were great leaders, they both had their own outlook on strategies regarding social and economic progress in the African American community. Regardless of their differences and outcome of their strategy, both remarkable leaders had one common goal, to end racism in America and build up the black community. Booker Taliaferro Washington was born into a slave family in Virginia (1865-1915). Growing up during the Reconstruction, he served as a houseboy for a white family, worked in a salt furnace, and attended Hampton Institute, a newly founded school for blacks. In that time frame of the late 1800’s, Booker T. Washington could see economic and social issues the blacks were facing. Examples of these issues were segregation, race, religion, white supremacy, non-skilled laborers, no education and such that the African American community were facing. With those issues, he concluded that after the Civil War, social uplift for the economy was not successful and that he could be an influencer on social changes and economic growth. Booker T. Washington believed that with Education, blacks could use that as an instrument to
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