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Thesis: Booker T Washington was born into slavery thus his ideas of African-American rights were influenced by his early experie
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Student name Instructor name Course name Date How Slavery Influenced Impressions of Black Men Two major black writers of the early 1900s are mostly responsible for founding the study of African Americans within the educational institutions of America. These two men were Booker T.
Du Bois, growing up mostly in the northern cities as a free man, won distinction as the first black man to achieve a Harvard degree. Washington, growing up more in the south and born into slavery, eventually received an honorary Masters degree from Harvard as well as an honorary Doctorate from Dartmouth College. Both DuBois and Washington wrote a great deal about the limited role of the black man in post-Civil War America, yet they had widely different opinions regarding what should be done to change this. Their writings educated the white American public about the true issues involved. However, each had different ideas about how best to help black people succeed. These differences were shaped, to a great degree, by their personal experience of slavery. Washington’s life provided an example to black and white people of what could be accomplished when the individual was not prisoner to the whims of white oppression. He was born as a slave, eventually proving that this simple fact was not sufficient cause to render him incapable of advanced thought. There was nothing about his birth or his position in life that singled him out as being an exceptional example of the race and thus he was representative of the race in general. ...
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