Analysis Of Booker T. Dubois

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In 1895, 30 years after the Civil War ended, African Americans still were not granted the rights they ever so desired. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has just died down after oppressing blacks for the first time causing African Americans as a whole to be fearful of the power whites held over our society. Confused and frightened on how to handle the state blacks were in, civil rights activist leaders Booker T. Washington and WEB Dubois began getting recognition from all US citizens due to their drastically different and distinctive ideologies. We as a nation were determined to combat the situation blacks were swirled in. With the nation being scared as to where black equality will lead the nation, Booker T. Washington and WEB Dubois create clashing…show more content…
Washington believed that the only way for African Americans to obtain their rights was through labor and proving that they deserved the rights given to them. Born and working as a slave in his early childhood, he watched how white men were brutal and unsympathetic to blacks first hand. At the age of ten, he was released of slavery and focused on his education so that he may one day change the way whites looked at black people. He watched as the KKK wreaked havoc among black communities and progressive African Americans for 20 years after the Civil War. Watching the authorities do nothing about the racial discrimination drastically affected Booker’s way of thinking. Realizing that African Americans at this point were unable to force change on the America they lived in, Booker believed that the only way to gain rights is through hard labor. In 1895, Booker went to Alabama and…show more content…
As a child, Dubois was born a free man into a wealthy family. With opportunities around for him at every corner, Dubois became determined to make something with his life. After studying at Harvard and becoming the first African to graduate with a P.h.D. there, Dubois set his mind onto the African American treatment in America. Seeing the disgusting nature of white supremacists, Dubois knew that the only way for Blacks to actually obtain their rights was to demand them. Since Booker’s beliefs only appealed to hopeful lower-middle class African Americans, Dubois wanted a resolution that would take less time to come to. Without knowing how long they would need to wait for their rights to finally come, the African American community deserved the equality needed for them. If blacks are held down by the society and fail to get the education they need, they will definitely be stuck in their state forever. When talking on the problem of education for blacks, Dubois stated “Education is that whole system of human training within and without the schoolhouse walls, which molds and develops men”. That being said, if blacks follow Bookers path and decide not to use education to their advantage, they won’t develop into the ment they need to be. If whites are the only ones able to obtain an education, they will remain the men in charge of the nation. With racism being a constant issue within the
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