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Booker T Washington vs WEB Dubois WEB Dubois and Booker T Washington were two of the greatest leaders in the black community in the late 19th and 20th century While both wanted the same thing for blacks-first class citizenship-their methods for obtaining it differed greatly Washington was the major spokesperson for gradualist political strategy and Dubois was an advocate of the gradualist political strategy Washington believed that blacks starting with so little would have to begin at the bottom and work gradually up to achieve positions of power and responsibility before they could demand equal citizenship-even if meant temporarily assuming a position of inferiority Dubois believed that blacks should not have to sacrifice their constitutional rights in order to achieve a status that was already guaranteed Booker T Washington was born a slave in 1856 in Franklin County Virginia After emancipation he worked hard and in recognition of his hard work he was appointed the head of Tuskegee Institute Washington taught the newly freed African-Americans to be teachers craftsmen and businessmen and make their way in the world He believed that with training the African-American would become economically indispensable and that white American society would open its doors to them Washingtons views on African Americans are stated clearly in his Atlanta Compromise address In this speech he called on white America to provide jobs and industrial-agricultural education for Negroes In exchange he said blacks would give up demands for social equality and civil rights His message to the Negro was that political and social equality were less important to immediate goals than economic respectability and independence Washington believed that if blacks gained an economic foothold and proved themselves useful to whites then civil rights and social equality would be given to them Blacks were urged to work as farmers skilled artisans domestic servants and manual laborers to prove to whites that all blacks were not liars and chicken thieves Washingtons
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