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Booker T Washington and William DuBois both African American men have enlightened the literary world with their brilliant works Booker T Washington spent his childhood as a slave with no formal education After overcoming much diversity he became a national spokesman and writer advocating equality for African Americans On the contrary William DuBois although his ideas and writings were very similar to Washingtons took a more radical approach to improving the lives of African American men and women Although DuBois and Washington had similar ideas the methods to which they used to achieve successful implementation of these ideas differed greatly Washingtons famous Atlanta Exposition Address indirectly stated that African Americans could survive only through submission Through his speech Washington seems to accept or condone slavery and the prejudices and racial inferiorities that stem from it By doing so he seeks to eventually increase African Americans civil rights by way of compromise He advocates peaceful cooperation by the African Americans and blending of the races Washington believed that through these peaceful methods and initial acceptance of injustice by the African Americans that they African Americans will benefit in the long run On the contrary William DuBois proved to be a bolder less passive advocate of equality for African Americans Through his writings DuBois expressed his extreme dislike of the nations treatment of African Americans In The Souls of Black Folk DuBois criticizes Washington for his laid-back attitude and the way he compromised justice for African American people on the account of cooperation Although the respect he felt towards Washington is evident DuBois felt that Washington practically accepts the alleged inferiority of the Negro races 724 DuBois recognizes Mr Washingtons invaluable service in counseling patience and courtesy726 However it is evident that DuBois disagreed with the way that Washington sought out to have his ideas accomplished Unlike Washingtons cooperative attitude DuBois felt that his people must be completely honest and unyielding in their quest for justice He
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