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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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