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Asad Sultan Booker T Washington vs WEB Dubois African American leadership near the turn of the century was divided between two tactics for racial equality which may be termed as the economic strategy and the political strategy The most heated controversy in African American leadership at that time raged between two remarkable black men Booker T Washington and W E B Dubois Both Washington and Dubois wanted the same thing for blacks First-class citizenship but their methods for obtaining it was different Washington believed blacks starting with so little would have to begin at the bottom and work up gradually to achieve positions of power and responsibility before they could demand equal citizenship Dubois understood Washingtons program but believed that it was not the solution to the problem Dubois believed that the blacks should study the liberal arts and have the same rights as white citizens Dubois and his followers believed that they should not have to sacrifice their constitutional rights in order to achieve a status that was already guaranteed Booker Taliaferro Washington was one of the most influential black leader and educator of his time in the United States Booker T Washington was born a slave in Hales Ford Virginia After the US government freed all slaves in 1865 his family moved to Malden West Virginia There Washington worked in coal-mines and salt furnaces From 1872 to 1875 Washington attended the Hampton Institute an industrial school for blacks in Hampton Virginia Four years later he became a teacher at the institute In 1881Washington founded and became the principal of Tuskegee Institute He started this school in an old abandoned church and a shanty The school taught specific trades such as carpentry farming and mechanics As Tuskegee Institute expanded Washington spent much of his time raising funds Washington believed that blacks could benefit more from a simple and a practical education rather than a college education Most African
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