Comparison Of Booker T Washington And William E. B. Dubois

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Booker T. Washington and William E.B. DuBois had different approaches to political problems faced by African Americans from 1890 to 1915.
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856. His early childhood consisted of manual labor in local mines and as a houseboy for a prominent white family. As a southerner Booker T. Washington often looked to practical solutions to his problems and to those of the black community.
Washington attended the Hampton Institute and later established the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. By 1900 Washington was considered the most influential black leader in the United States. He promoted the belief that black Americans were responsible for their own economic successes or failures and that blacks should not directly challenge white supremacy. Washington believed that through hard work and the learning of manual labor skills one would earn the respect of white Americans. Once this respect was earned, acceptance of the black race would be achieved.
Many prominent white Americans including Andrew Carnegie and William H. Baldwin were impressed with Washington’s promotion of trade and skilled labor and helped to fund his Tuskegee Institute and other vocational institutions across the south. Most of these schools focused on manual labor and agricultural training, very few students were receiving a college degree. Washington urged blacks not to make defiant demands for equality and that blacks should be willing to work hard, welcome menial labor, and
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