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Miles Cleveland Unit 2C Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois Response Paper Both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois were very monumental leaders in the late 19th and early 20th century as African Americans fought for equality. However, the way they about achieving this equality was very different. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. Therefore, he was used to the unjust treatment of blacks based solely off their skin. He founded Tuskegee in 1881, showing his commitment to the education and upbringing of African American people in the south. I believe this played a big part in his mindset, shown vividly in the Atlanta Compromise. This agreement simply stated that blacks would submit to white rule, in order to receive fair education and the due process of law. Booker T. believed that blacks should educate themselves first and worry about equality once this was accomplished. W.E.B Dubois was born in Massachusetts, a northern state. His ideals were completely opposite of Booker. He believed that blacks should speak up and protest if they wanted to gain

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