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Class Questions
The Washington/Du Bois Clash

Questions for consideration

1a. How do you interpret the following excerpt from

Washington's Atlanta Compromise regarding the social

and economic relationship between blacks and whites?

1b. What is being proposed as a compromise in

Washington's speech?

"In all things that are purely social, we can be as

seperate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all

things essential to mutual progress."

2. How do the views of Washington and Du Bois diverge in

the following excerpts?

Washington: "The wisest among my race understand

that the agitation of questions of social equality is

the extremest folly, and that progress in the

enjoyment of all the priveleges that will come to us

must be the result of severe and constant struggle

rather than of artificial forcing."

Du Bois: "And above all, we daily hear that an

education that encourages aspiration, that sets the

loftiest of ideals and seeks as an end culture and

character rather than bread-winning, is the privelege

of white men and the danger and delusion of black."

3. What do you see as the relative advantages and disadvantages of each man's approach to gaining educational opportunities for African Americans?

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