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TERM PAPER Life of African Americans in the period after the civil war was stimulatingly difficult. Among the host of challenges were the Black codes which made their life no better than it was before the civil war. The Congress promised to emancipate African Americans from slavery, but it appeared as if blacks were still deprived of their basic rights. They still did not achieve the status equal to that of the whites. During this time of political unrest two prominent African American spokespersons, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du bois arose and put forward their views about how this racial conflict could be ended and the blacks and whites could be united. They both strived real hard to help blacks achieve recognition of the civil and political promised by the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution. They even wanted blacks to rise out of poverty. Although their final goals were the same, the route that they took to it differed drastically. Du Bois could be categorized as a person who was more liberal while Booker T. Washington chose to take the more conservative path. Knowing the differences between Washington's and W.E.B Du Bois's ideas as an African American living in the postwar south, I would follow Du Bois as his views were more satisfying and would prove to be a more effective way to pursue the goals of achieving recognition of the civil and political rights promised by the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments and also to life the blacks out of poverty. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois were people with conflicting personalities. Washington's approach was more moderate as he seemed to be averse to rapid change. He believed in order for blacks to gain complete respect from the whites, they would have to live a life quite similar to the one they led in the period before the civil war. They would have...

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