The controversy between W

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Dixon 12-6-2007 The controversy between W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington came about due to the fact that they were two noble men with different ideas trying to attain the same goal of the uprising of black people. While B.T. Washington believed in industrial education, W.E.B Dubois believed in a classical education. Washington believed that with an industrial education black people could learn a trade and work to provide for their families. Dubois on the other hand, preferred a classical education because he believed black people should be educated and not just be able to know how to execute a task but to have the intellect to develop a career from what is learned. This significant controversy in African American history showed both men’s aspirations for the uprising of black people however with two completely different strategies. Booker Taliaferro Washington was born on April 5, 1856, in Hale's Ford, Virginia, to a slave woman. Following emancipation, Washington’s family was so poor that he was forced to go into the work field at the age of nine. Always a brilliant and inquiring child, Washington yearned for an education. Being that there were no high-quality schools nearby, at the age of sixteen, Washington quit working and walked nearly two hundred miles to attend the Hampton Institute in Virginia. His parents were unable to pay for his schooling so he worked as a janitor at the school to pay his fees. After graduating from the Hampton Institute, Washington attended Wayland Seminary , and then returned to Hampton as a teacher . Upon recommendation of Hampton's president, Sam Armstrong , he was named in 1881 as the first leader of the new normal school , which became Tuskegee University in Alabama . As head of the Institute, Washington traveled the country perpetually to raise funds from both blacks and whites and soon he became a well-known speaker. He received the majority of the money from white northerners who were impressed with the work he was doing and his non-threatening racial views. In 1895,
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Dixon 12-6-2007 Washington was asked to speak at the opening of the Cotton States Exposition, an exceptional honor for an African American. This speech would prove a turning point in the standpoints of black people regarding Washington. Washington’s ideas of “live by the production of our hands,” in other words blacks are to work, would be a great effecting factor. He also tells blacks to “put brains and skill into the common occupations of life.” Washington is essentially telling the blacks to take what
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course HIST 210 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Fayetteville.

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