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Booker T Washington and WEB Dubois were among two of the most influential black leaders that strove to attain racial equality for African Americans during the early twentieth century Although both Washington and Dubois sought to advance civil rights for African Americans each stressed a contrasting philosophy as to how to achieve their goal Taylor Heeding the belief that blacks would be granted civil and political rights after gaining economic independence Washington urged blacks to temporally set aside their desire for equality and work toward economic advancement Washington captured this philosophy cleverly in the phrase In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress Harlan He was thus of the belief that blacks should remain separate yet equal and promoted the temporarily acceptance of segregation in exchange for economic advancement Salley In accordance his philosophy Washington also maintained that a vocational education rather than a college education was the quickest route to economic success for blacks He held that the development of practical work skills would give blacks an upper hand in seeking employment Taylor To foster his beliefs Washington founded the Tuskegee institute in Tuskegee Alabama which trained thousands of black people in industrialized trades such as farming blacksmithing plumbing carpentry and mechanics Taylor White America was largely in support of Washingtons philosophy as they viewed his outward acceptance of segregation and his opposition to black militancy as a means of encouraging blacks to face their inferior social status Whites therefore hailed Washington as a representative for all of black America in dealing with racial issues Salley Among the black populous of America Washingtons philosophy was also well received It was acknowledged as a compromise that many blacks faced as the most effective way to deal with white America Harlan By succumbing to inferior status many believed that they would eventually be accepted by whites
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