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...t of racism during the early 20th century was very high; a high academic education therefore was an unrealistic aim for the majority of poverty-stricken African-Americans. DuBois strategy was cogent but impractical whereas Washington’s was attainable for all African-Americans. DuBois’ middle class background validates my claim that economic prosperity helped progress the African-Americans position; surely it was because DuBois came from an economically prosperous background, that he received education from an esteemed school like Harvard; it was this prestigious education that enabled DuBois to become an influential Black intellectual. Therefore, without economic prosperity DuBois would not have been as influential. As it was due to economic prosperity that Dubois attained a high intellect; which is what earned him respect and made him influential to the movement.
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