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

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Sam Borella Vincent Adams Engl. 312-02 26 February 2015 Intentions in Writing on Civil Rights Formed from Childhood When looking back at the great leaders of African American society we often think of the obvious Martin Luther King Jr., but what about the civil rights activists before him? Thinking all the way back to the late 1800s two great activists, authors, and historians come to mind. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois became known as prominent influences during their times. These two left a perpetual mark on the world we live in today and also play a big role in how we can come to understand what it was like to live during the late 1800s and early 1900s as an African American. But while they were quite similar in what they believed in, they had different intentions and outlooks on their lives due to the fact of how each of these men were brought up during childhood. This theory is made clear in their famous works The Soul of Black Folk and Up from Slavery. Washington became known for his Atlanta address in 1895. Because of this popular speech and the publicity that came from it he was soon known as the African American spokesperson during his time. Washington played a big role in black politics, winning wide support in the black community of the South and also …show more content…

DuBois was born on February 23, 1868. He was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts unlike Washington who was born in the Deep South. DuBois had a completely opposite childhood compared to Washington as well. Dubois was said to have a happy childhood. He grew up feeling completely normal in society until one day DuBois and his school mates were exchanging visiting-cards when a girl who was new to school refused to take his card. This is the point when he first realized he was different from the other white students by not only skin color but also by social status and that he would have to deal with people like this the rest of his

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