As a child, he worked in salt furnaces and coalmines. In his lifetime (1856-1915), he rose to be one of the most influential African-American intellectuals in history especially late 19th and early 20th century. He was…
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This essay will explore the life of Washington and explore his influence on education.
In 8895, Washington gained national prominence and this lead him to attract attention of the public and the politicians. He became a popular African-American spokesperson. He built a vast network of supporters in majority of black communities, black ministers, educators, and businessmen who were his core supporters. This made him get access to top leaders in education, politics and philanthropy. His role in education became evident when he raising funds and seeking philanthropist to help set and operate a number of community schools and institutions for higher learning for the blacks. He believed that for blacks to gain equal social rights like the whites they had to show industry, intelligence and property in them. The critiques however labelled her organization as the “Tuskegee Machine”. This was amidst of his efforts to advance the civil rights of the black (Cooney, P.33).
The Tuskegee faculty taught the students basic skills that they took back to the rural community. Washington believed that with self-helps, the blacks would prosper from poverty to success. The main reason of sending the students back to the community was to be teachers of farming and traders who would teach new schools and institutions of higher learning for the blacks across the south. With time, the school expanded and programs and department added and lead to the establishment of the today Tuskegee University. He expressed the vision of the blacks through education. Provision of needed skills by the black communities led to their acceptance by the white Americans. After Spanish-America war, President McKinley and his cabinet visited Washington and appreciated his efforts in raising the education levels of the blacks.
Washington added his contributions to education by writing fourteen books. The first publication; ‘up from slavery’
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Washington overwhelmingly praised the value of an “industrial education” in which black students were taught the tools of self-sufficiency and the intellectual merit of action (Stocker). Nevertheless, the specific context in which Washington wrote and spoke, and to the very narrow audience to which he directed his words, limits the application of his ideas and his theories, in particular his theories of knowledge and learning, which assume blacks are inherently different from whites.
The roughness of its appearance shocked me. I looked at where all the surrounding field lay and wanted to cry at its fleshy picture, its unsurpassed tenderness. This stalk rang so true and earthy- I had never seen such.
Soars people got by then still run deep in the hearts of Americans as more than six hundred thousand people lost their lives and left over four hundred thousand with grievous wounds. As recorded, millions of people lost their property worth millions of dollars, many families got displaced as well as losing made fortunes hence when the country ceased fighting in 1865, it was very different from the way it was five years earlier.
Till the year 1915, he dominated the African American community as he was extremely significant and persuasive as the representative leader of the black community, mostly in the southern parts of America. In his book, fifteen of the most crucial years of his life have been written about from the manual labor that he was forced into doing, to the education that he received and then later imparted to other people by motivating himself to stand up for the rights of the people in the country as well as all over the world.
Du Bois is right in his contention that political power is essential in any attempt to secure true equality for the American Negro. There can be no doubt “that voting is necessary to modern manhood” (Du Bois).
This book basically deals with the gradual rise of Booker who was initially a slave during the outburst of the civil war; to the problems and immense difficulty he faced in order to acquire his education from the reputed new Hampton University. He did great social service by establishing schools that taught skills to those who could not afford formal education.
Booker T. Washington was among the most controversial and influential black Americans in history. Raised as the slave mother’s son, Booker was committed and self-motivated to his education from a tender age (Washington, 2010). The turbulent time in US’s history during his life gave him freedom from Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in the year 1863 and his success in the Civil War of the North.
In comparison, the speech by Du Bois is more concise compared to the Atlanta compromise. The arrangement of the ideas in the speech by Du bois is more organized and appealing. For speech presentation, it is vital for the main ideas to be presented effectively and in an
Washington and Du Bois endered to end racial injustices and class problem between the black community (Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B DuBois).
Washington was an educator and a moderate preacher of self-reliance, accommodation and class