INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENT ON
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND W. E. B. DU BOIS
This assignment is not to write an essay. Instead, it is a set of five questions regarding Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois in which you will compare the two men and the solutions they offered for the difficulties faced by African Americans at the time. You are to type out the five questions listed at the bottom of this page, numbering each one and giving your answer to it.
Your main source for this assignment is Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington. In addition to it, I have provided you with several articles and excerpts as resources. In addition to Up From Slavery, you must also use and cite “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others,” which is the title of chapter three of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois; and “The Talented Tenth,” a brief article also by Du Bois. In the following pages you will find these writings by Du Bois along with three other articles that will be helpful to you.
You must give (cite) the source of your information, whether quoting or putting it in your own words. For the book, give the page number where you found the information. For the article titled “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others,” which is a chapter in Du Bois’s book, The Souls of Black Folk, the word “Souls” plus the paragraph number (listed in the upper right-hand corner of each paragraph) will suffice.
Cite all information in parentheses immediately after giving the information. For example:
Washington gained insights on race relations from working with Indian boys at Hampton (Washington, 87).
To cite material from Up From Slavery (quoted or paraphrased), use the model given above.
To cite material from “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others,” which is chapter three of The Souls of Black Folk, use the following model:
Du Bois states that by the 1830s the South as whole was slave country (Souls, chap. 3, para. 12).
To cite material from Du Bois’s article, “The Talented Tenth,” use the following model:
Du Bois argued that the race’s “exceptional men” would save African Americans (“Talented Tenth”).
Note that because “The Talented Tenth” is a brief article, it is not necessary to give the page number(s).
To cite material from the one-page Du Bois biography, use the following model:
Du Bois believed that the white children at his school regarded him as inferior to them (Du Bois bio.)
Note that because the Du Bois biography is a brief article, it is not necessary to give the page number(s).
To cite material from the Britannica article, use the following model:
Du Bois received a doctorate from Harvard University (Britannica article).
Note that because the Britannica article is brief, it is not necessary to give a page number.
It will take at least two or three paragraphs to fully answer each question. Your submission should be between four and eight pages, printed and double-spaced. The information should be specific, not generalizations.
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