What does accommodation mean to Booker T. Washington? How does W.E.B. DuBois respond? I know that DuBois felt that Washington was compromising the future of African Americans by agreeing to not...

What does accommodation mean to Booker T. Washington? How does W.E.B. DuBois respond?

I know that DuBois felt that Washington was compromising the future of African Americans by agreeing to not push for higher education for young black men, civic equality and the right to vote. 

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martinjmurphy | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois were two African American leaders who took different approaches to discrimination and segregation experienced by African Americans.  Washington took what he considered to be a more practical approach to these problems. He emphasized accommodation and accepting discrimination and segregation for the time being.  He advised African Americans to learn skilled trades to earn more money and improve their lives.  This would eventually lead to African Americans being fully being integrated and accepted as citizens. Du Bois took another approach.  He urged African Americans to actively fight discrimination rather than to patiently submit to it.  He advocated political action and was one of the founders of the NAACP. He demanded equal economic opportunity and the end to racial segregation.  He felt African Americans should strive for more than just working in the trades and urged equal educational opportunities for African Americans.

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois had different views of how African-American should try to get their rights. Booker T. Washington believed African-Americans should get their economic rights settled before pursuing their political rights. He believed that African-Americans should get vocational training so they would be able to get jobs and become more secure financially. This position, known as the Atlanta Compromise, suggested economic rights should be pursued before going after political rights.

W.E.B. Du Bois believed African-Americans should get all of their rights at the same time. He believed it was wrong to pursue only economic rights and not pursue political rights. W. E. B. Du Bois believed African-Americans deserved all their rights at the same time and should work to achieve gaining both economic rights and political rights. He and Booker T. Washington had differing views on how African-Americans should pursue their rights.

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