As the nineteenth century approached, America was facing many problems: political, economic, and, arguably the most critical - social. Even after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, African Americans struggled to end the racial division that had conquered the United States for centuries. Two men who sought to contribute to this goal were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois. The men had much in common; well-known, intelligent, and highly esteemed. However, there was one important difference between the two. The question was never what to do for the black citizens, but how to do it. DuBois proposed an immediate reaction where African Americans would be granted equality now, whereas Washington argued that it'd be better for them to work their way up the social ladder by simply allowing jobs and schooling. Both models serviced a significant purpose, but Booker T. Washington approached the problem more wisely and sensitively. Therefore, it was Washington's ideas that are considered more influential to the cause of black equality.
W.E.B DuBois fought hard to be heard. Known for his lack of a censor, he gave speeches that were filled with passion. He valued pathos over ethos or logos, and strove to stir his audience's feelings rather than minds. DuBois believed that ideas, not slogans, and principles, not personalities, were essential to the abolition inequality. An example of his strong personality comes in a quote about Booker T's death: "In stern justice, we must lay on the soul of this man a heavy responsibility for the consummation of Negro disfranchisement, the decline of the Negro college and public school, and the firmer establishment of a color caste in this land." Such a controversial statement drew attention, but it was such that make him such a dominant orator.
DuBois was so proud that he often made enemies of other races. He, of course, alienated whites and his people against them, but he frequently and hypocritically degraded them.