us history can u guys please help i have no idea how to start this essay?

n the introduction to his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folks, W. E. B DuBois famously wrote, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.”

This assignment asks you to examine the strategies for the uplifting of the black race of three of the most prominent, yet very different African American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Specific stylistic and other such requirements are available in the Paper Guidelines above.

Please read the following brief texts in order to formulate your response to the paper prompt:

Booker T. Washington:

Full text of Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech

Audio excerpt of the above speech (recorded later by Washington)

W. E. B. DuBois:

The Talented Tenth

DuBois’ criticism of Booker T. Washington:

Marcus Garvey:

Audio and text of a Marcus Garvey speech on the Back to Africa movement

“Declaration of the Rights of the ***** Peoples of the World”: The Principles of the

Universal ***** Improvement Association (UNIA)

Part 1 of a PBS Documentary on Garvey – (~ 9 minutes)

Youtube thumbnail


W.E. B. DuBois’ criticism of Garvey

Paper Topic Question:

Three of the most prominent African American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. DuBois, urged radically different strategies for the uplifting of their race. Utilizing the resources above and those from other class materials, BRIEFLY describe each of their approaches and, using these same materials, explain which approach or combination of approaches you think would have been the most successful, were it to have been fully implemented, and why. **Be sure that you tie your answer to the history that we have learned, rather than simply just stating your opinion. **

Note: Please confine your answers to historical events and situations prior to World War II. While it is frequently tempting and often easy to criticize historical actors from the past, be sure that you do so only sparingly. Unfortunately, this country has a legacy of racism, hence the insight of DuBois’ 1903 statement above, that some would argue persists to the present day. Be sure that you engage with the past in historical terms and events, rather than composing an essay about the racist behavior of those in the past. This assignment is asking you to engage with the arguments and strategies of these three civil rights leaders and then to use what you know about 20th century America to decide which strategy (or combination thereof) would have accomplished its goals/been the better plan and why.


3 Answers

  • Sue
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    The coming onset of the twentieth century marked nearly four decades of

    African American freedom. Yet there still existed a very definite "color line"

    that, just as had the chains of slavery, kept Black Americans from full

    integration, acceptance and achievement of their potentials as functioning

    members of American society. Three very important African Americans;

    Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey, each advanced

    uniquely different approaches to remedy the situation. I will chronologically

    examine each of their approaches to ascertain what consequences would

    have come, had any of them or parts of them been fully applied to the existing

    situation as the turn of the century approached.

  • 9 years ago

    Here's how you start the essay - by answering the question.

    "Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. DuBois, urged radically different strategies for the uplifting of their race. Washington's approach was ______; Garvey's approach was ______; and DuBois's approach was ______.

    According to {Source 1} .... etc.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    It has been a while since I have been in school. What does AS stand for? How long are the essays? Any specific topics? Any banned topics? Is this for high school or college?

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