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The history of African American education is complex but the brief outline of the WEB Du Bois and Booker T Washington conflicts help to illustrate the emotions and ideas involved in this significant piece of history WEB DuBois was the first African American to receive a PhD from Harvard He was a founder of the NAACP and a successful writer He is credited with writing nineteen books in his lifetime making huge strides for the African American community His views changed during his lifetime He began as a supporter of Booker T Washington and ended his life as a communist in Ghana Booker T Washington was born a slave in Franklin County Virginia He was probably a mixed race child but did not feel the pride that DuBois felt of his ancestry He worked hard after emancipation and found himself appointed head of the Tuskegee Institute in 1881 He took Tuskegee from a community subsisting mainly on fat pork and corn bread to a progressive modern town Wish 30 He taught the newly freed African Americans to be teachers craftsmen and businessmen and make their own way in the world Washington stressed learning by doing the task and not by theories or abstract ideas He believed that with training the African American would become economically indispensable and the White American society would open its doors to them The beliefs of Washington and DuBois were related until DuBois book The Souls of Black Folk was published DuBois almost accepted a teaching position at Tuskegee prior to his first book The offer came too late to unite Washington and DuBois DuBois felt the Talented Tenth of the African American population should be able to be more than farmers and money-makers The tenth of the population that DuBois wrote about was the portion he hoped to elevate to leaders of the race He thought they ought to have a classical college education just like White
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