Similarities Between Booker T. Washington And W. E. B. Dubois

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois were two influential leaders in the late 19th and 20th century America. Despite many similarities in background, Dubois and Washington had conflicting viewpoints of the economic and social successes of African Americans. Their opposing philosophies can be found through study and discussion of their literary works. A notable disagreement can be found in Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech and DuBois’s excerpt, Critique of Booker T. Washington, from his publication The Souls of Black Folk. In front of tens of thousands white citizens, Booker T. Washington gave his memorable speech, the 1895 Atlanta Compromise, at the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. The Atlanta Exposition’s

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