Born free, first african american to earn a phd at harvard intellectual - wrote studies, essays, novels, poetry, etc addressing race wanted the church to be at the center of the civil rights movement. Booker t washington was an emanicipated slave who became a self made man william eb dubois was a northerner with a new england background and a phd from harvard university. Booker taliaferro washington (c 1856 - november 14, 1915) was an american educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the united states between 1890 and 1915, washington was the dominant leader in the african-american community.
The jour nal of t echnology studies these entrepreneurs composed the upper echelon of the african american community in the late 19th century (dubois, 1899) by about 1900, however, significant eco. In 1985, another state ceremony honored du bois and, with the ashes of his wife shirley graham du bois, who died in 1977, his body was re-interred at their former home, which was dedicated the w e b du bois memorial centre for pan african culture in his memory. At the time, the washington/du bois dispute polarized african american leaders into two wings--the 'conservative' supporters of washington and his 'radical' critics. Led by web du bois, that focused on equal rights and education of african american youth rejecting the gradualist approach of booker t washington, members kept alive a program of militant action and claimed for african americans all the rights afforded to other americans.
Both washington and dubois were aware that the need for african americans to become technologically literate was paramount however, whereas washington advocated a hands-on external approach, dubois promoted a paternalistic form of advancement of the black race. Students participate in socratic seminar discussions of excerpted versions of either du bois's essay the talented tenth or washington's atlanta compromise speech in order to better understand each man's beliefs about the best. The problem of negro leadership during the twenty years between 1895 and 1915 will be covered in this unit of afro-american history the issues raised by the celebrated debate between booker t washington and w e b dubois will be its central theme. Furthermore, dubois greatly appreciated and acknowledged many of washington's noteworthy accomplishments (dubois 68) though both men can be criticized on various aspects of their approaches, both dubois and washington were key figures in the advancement of african americans.
The speeches, writings and accomplishments of booker t washington's and web du bois encapsulated two very different approaches to racial advancement, race relations and education within their arguments are controversies that continue today: economic prosperity vs political rights, vocational education vs liberal arts, separatism vs. African studies dubois vs washington the great debate 2/18/2014 booker t washington vs web dubois booker taliaferro washington was born a slave on a small farm in virginia. Washington's efforts at accommodating the needs of the african americans into the white power structure and society were criticized severely by other black leaders such as dubois washington's notion of accommodating and developing the practical skills of african american men and women is his most lasting legacy and contribution in the growth. Du bois criticized washington's acceptance of racial segregation because he felt that it only encouraged whites to deny african american rights i believe that washington's vision is more compelling only if it is the last resort. Booker t washington considered that social equality would come naturally when african americans were economically powerful web dubois thought that political and social equality was necessary, so he created movements such as the niagara movement to push for equality.
Booker t washington vs web dubois, two different styles of african american leadership - in the early history of the civil rights movement two prominent african american leaders, booker t washington and web du bois arose to accomplish one goal, education for all african americans. Read about the rivalry between web du bois and booker t washington and how their clashing ideologies helped lead to the birth of the civil rights movement in america in his studies. Washington vs dubois - great debate your assignment is to submit a short paragraph (at least 250 words long) that explains what new things you learned about the washington versus dubois great debate from exploring the topic as outlined below. Web du bois, or william edward burghardt du bois, was an african-american writer, teacher, sociologist and activist whose work transformed the way that the lives of black citizens were seen in. African studies dubois vs washington essay the great debate 2/18/2014 booker t washington vs web dubois booker taliaferro washington was born a slave on a small farm in virginia after the emancipation he moved with his family to work in the salt and coal mines.
Booker t washington was better because he belived that we need education as well as a strong body web dubois belived that in order to be equal there needs to be violince there fore i think mrwashington is the better person. Booker t washington vs web dubois the rivalry between booker t washington and web dubois is one well known to scholars and historians of the african american community it is with dubois souls of black folk that dubois makes his historic break with the philosophies of booker t washington. B du bois insisted that achieving equal rights was essential in this lesson, students read a speech of washington's and a selection from du bois's the souls of black folk to consider who was a stronger advocate for african americans. This is a video for the national-louis university course fnd 510: social justice perspectives on the history and philosophy of american education it discusses booker t washington's and web du.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, african american leaders booker t washington and web dubois promoted different civil rights strategies. Professor of african and afro-american studies offer advice on how to teach the washington -du bois rivalry rethinking booker t and web washington and.