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Booker T Washington and WEB DuBois are arguably two of the most prominent African Americans of the 20th century They are both well known for their attempts to uplift the African American of the United States However their approaches to accomplish these tasks were drastically different This paper will explore the differences between Washington and DuBois in their opinions on the many aspects of the lives of blacks By examining their backgrounds and views on the uplifting of African-Americans we can compare the different approaches that Washington and DuBois employed in an attempt to reach a common goal equal rights for African Americans Washington and DuBois were raised in very different environments a factor that is important in understanding what helped shaped their opinions on the future of their race Booker T Washington was born into slavery In his autobiography Up From Slavery Washington describes his childhood environment as the most miserable desolate and discouraging surroundings 490 Washingtons childhood and rise to national prominence is characterized by hard work and determination After his family was emancipated Washingtons family moved to Malden West Virginia where drinking gambling fights and shockingly immoral practices were frequent 500 Washington worked in salt furnaces and coal mines as a child where the work day could begin as early as four in the morning Despite the long hard labor which Washington endured he still held the strong desire to attend school and receive an education His determination led him to attend school at night and to fit classes into his daily work schedule After hearing of a great school while working in the salt mines Washington resolved to attend Hampton Institute in Virginia 505 He traveling a difficult five-hundred miles despite his lack of money and resources Despite being one of the younger students and having to support himself by working Washington eventually graduated from the Institute He went on to help found Tuskegee Institute in Alabama WEB
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