Compare and contrast Washington’s and Du Bois’ positions below. With whom do you agree?The textbook is African American Odyssey Volume 2, 6th edition (5th edition is also acceptable) by Darlene Hine, et. al.
African American Odyssey
The textbook is African American Odyssey Volume 2, 6th edition (5th edition is also acceptable) by Darlene Hine, et. al.
Write your answer as one integrated cohesive essay, rather than three separate question answers. Please make sure you answer all the questions as one essay and now three separate questions. Demonstrate that you have read the textbook and the “Notes on Washington and Du Bois” on the Course Menu.
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IN A WELL-INTEGRATED ESSAY, ANSWER THE THREE QUESTIONS BELOW
Booker T. Washington has often been characterized as an “Uncle Tom” (Wikipedia: Uncle Tom is a derogatory term for a person of a low status group who is overly subservient with authority, or a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people.) From reading this passage of the Atlanta Compromise Speech below, which seems to be particularly groveling and “boot-licking,” it appears that he deserves this label. What do you think? In the last sentence he accommodates to Jim Crow segregation. Explain.
. . . you can be sure in the future, as in the past, that you and your families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen. As we have proved our loyalty to you in the past, in nursing your children, watching by the sick-bed of your mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes to their graves, so in the future, in our humble way, we shall stand by you with a devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down our lives, if need be, in defense of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, civil, and religious life with yours in a way that shall make the interests of both races one. In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
2.Compare and contrast Washington’s and Du Bois’ positions below. With whom do you agree?
Washington (speaking about blacks who were newly emancipated from slavery) :
Ignorant and inexperienced, it is not strange that in the first years of our new life we began at the top instead of at the bottom; that a seat in Congress or the state legislature was more sought than real estate or industrial skill; that the political convention or stump speaking had more attractions than starting a dairy farm or truck garden.. . .
Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour, and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful. No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.
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