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Education was a concept held within the highest value during the 19th century determining your worth as person and your status as a human being After slavery and during reconstruction the concept of education ran rapid throughout the African American community Two key philosophies formed to help promote and uplift the African American race derives from such thinkers as Booker T Washington and WEB Du Bois A former slave himself Washington upheld the idea that former slaves should capitalize on industrial labor believing it gave the race a firm foundation in life as well as the ability to fit into white America The second philosophy stems from WEB Du Bois his approach to education is to educate a group of ten talented African Americans who would be the backbone of the African American community Booker T Washington and WEB Du Bois share an inherent value in education however they each have a different approach in achieving their concept due to such things as upbringing educational background and their point of views of the African American raceBooker T Washingtons ideology of education stems directly from his experience as child and young adult before and during reconstruction Within Up from Slavery Washington depicts his life while growing up and his educational ideologies Beginning with the role he played as slave Washington states that he did not have cruel master nor did he hold negative feelings towards white southern Americans for slavery The first indication of Washingtons idea of education came from the observation he made as little boy Washington made comparisons of the way white people took their meals to the way slaves would have their meals Washington states I cannot remember a single instance during my childhood or early boyhood when our entire family sat down to the table together and the family ate a meal in a civilized manner Recalling this memory Washington is clearly emphasizing his point of view of how un-Americanized slaves were
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