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In a short (2-3 page) essay, please address the following questions:

Please read the selection “Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois on Black Progress.”  It can be found on the Primary Documents page for chapter 20 of the American Yawp text.  Here is the link: http://www.americanyawp.com/reader/20-the-progressive-era/booker-t-washington-w-e-b-dubois-on-black-progress-1895-1903/

In a thoughtful essay of approximately 750 words (2-3 pages), please answer the following questions:

  1. Using what we have learned, briefly discuss the background of Washington and DuBois. Where did they come from? What did they do?
  2. Based on the primary source selection, what was Washington’s plan for improving conditions for blacks? What was DuBois’s?
  3. What did these plans have in common? How were they different? Were they compatible?  Why or why not?
  4. Why was DuBois so critical of Washington? Were the criticisms valid? Why or why not?

Papers should be typed, double-spaced, with 12 point font and normal margins.

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