Public Domain Booker T. Washington is one of the most controversial and dominant figures in African American history. Yet, it is widely understood that he was born enslaved on April 5, in Hale's Ford, Virginia. At the age of 9, Washington was freed from slavery and moved to West Virginia.
The Historical factors that shaped W. Washington's acceptance of technical training. B Dubois and Booker T. Washington contradictory views with one objective. Introduction This Thesis Statement will be explored and examined in the context of evaluating the philosophy of two men, W.
Dubois and Booker T. Washington and their contradictory viewpoints; Moreover, to assess the pros and cons of their leadership styles in a somewhat comparative manner and to look at technical training Washington and liberal arts Dubois education which they espouse respectively and investigate, how did these arguments shape black America historically and the affects this debate presently still poses some one-hundred years later?
Both of these men, were contemporaries and without a doubt their personal experiences and the overall black experience in the United States perhaps guided their conscientiousness to adopt certain strategies and tactics in order to uplift black people politically, economically and socially.
This is where these two leaders fundamentally disagreed, which was followed by suspicion, name calling, distrust and an unwillingness to concede and perhaps recognize the strengths and weaknesses that existed in both philosophies.
They were divided and they left black America divided and yet their arguments are still highly debated in academic circles and laypersons circles alike.
Lastly, this research study is limited in scope and has not met all the academic restraint consistent with a scholarly paper, nevertheless, at the same time, it will display objectivity and sound research methods by briefly exploring in an unscientific manner, the slave plantation personalities giving in the seminal study by John Blassigame and how perhaps those historical values—culture impacted slave behavior, as well shape black personalities that proceeded this peculiar institution.
An Overview of American History: The historical Setting The United States of America at the birth of Washington and Dubois was still considered relatively a new nation less than a hundred years old and was still defining the concept of democracy. In of the seventeenth century European Settlers from Great Britain and other European nations began to migrate to the eastern seaboard to what be came eventually the United States of America, the so-called New World in discovery of new political, economic and social opportunities.
The Colonist initially tried to enslave the Native Americans which failed dismally and European encroachment on Native American lands led to many, many wars and conflicts with the Native Americans, as well as many treaties being signed and broken. The Native Americans did not make good slaves because they knew the terrain very well and utilized escape routes to their benefit and they were not accustom to working in the hot sun for long hours.
It has been recorded that blacks fought on both the British side and a number of blacks fought on the settlers' side. In at the signing of the United States Constitution Blacks were written in as chattel property subject to be own by white male property owners; moreover, Charles A. Constitution was written to reflect the interest of white male property owners, at the detriment of women, poor whites and blacks.
This social and economic arrangement benefited the white plantation owners, but throughout America's history at times this economic arrangement created social tension, dissension, rebellion, protest, revolt accommodation, etc. The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Middle Passage were declared legally ended inbut domestically the buying and selling of slaves continued even after Elkins who authored the book titled, "Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional Life", and Herbert Klien in his book titled, "Slavery in the Americas", all drew that same historical and sociological conclusion.
However, this research is geared toward assessing the ideals and philosophy of Washington and Dubois, but yet looking at their leadership styles and determining, if whether their leadership politics can be traced back to the politics of slave plantation life.
John Blassingame, a Yale University historian authored the book titled, "The Slave Community", he delves into the sociological and psychological behavior of slaves on the plantation. Nat Turner's slave revolt is known by historians as one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in American history.
Blassingame characterize this personality type as being rebellious, insubordinate, non-conforming, unruly, defiant, disobedient, seditious, etc. He desired to see complete change and he engaged violently with an objective to overthrow the oppressive system of slavery. Shrewd and calculating, he used his wits to escape from work or to manipulate his overseer and master".
He was the one who snitch to the master on the slaves, if slaves were planning a slave rebellion and foiled many slave revolts throughout the history of Chattel Slavery.
This writer cited this sociological, psychological and historical study to assess and evaluate Washington and Dubois leaderships personalities which to perhaps determine if their two distinct personal and historical backgrounds impacted their accommodation and radical viewpoints.
But in order to function successfully in this role, he has to be acutely aware of the nature of the American social dynamics and how to monitors the ingredient of class stratification in American society…Therefore the Negrointellectual must learn how one might control such forces.
Thus, Washington exemplified Cruses contentions as stated above relative to acknowledging and capitulating the dominant power structure and was able to sway and manipulate the status quo towards his own end and blacks political and economic interest. Washington's personality definitely could be analyzed from Blassigames' Slave Community, as it pertained to how he described the attitudes and the various behaviors adopted on the slave plantation.
Harlan wrote in his scholarly article titled, "Booker T. Washington, the most powerful Black American of his time and perhaps of all time, should Be the black leader whose claim to the title is most often dismissed by the lay public.
And yet, Washington was a genuine black leader with a substantial black following and with virtually long-range goals for Afro-Americans as his rivals. A Critique", and quotes Washington and sought of layout his philosophy in his own words.
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The vote proved elusive and civil rights began to vanish through court action. Lynching, racial violence, and slavery's twin.
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