What are the differences between WEB Du Bois and Booker T Washington? 

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W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington were two major African-American leaders around 1900. Both men had definite thoughts on how African-Americans should handle the lack of rights African-American had. Booker T. Washington believed African-Americans should focus on getting economic rights and vocational training first. He believed it was necessary for African-Americans to get good jobs in order to become secure financially. After they got these rights and became secure financially, then they could focus on the lack of political rights they had. This compromise, getting economic rights while delaying political rights, was known as the Atlanta Compromise.

W.E.B. Du Bois had a different view about the lack of economic and political opportunities. He believed African-Americans should have all of their rights at the same time. He didn’t agree that the fight for political rights should be delayed while pursuing economic rights and vocational training. He wanted African-Americans to get economic rights and political rights now, without delay.

Both men were African-American leaders at the turn of the century. They also differed on how African-Americans should approach the lack of rights they had.