PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.
This essay asks you to consider the changes in African American life from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1915 in terms of the lives of ordinary black people and in terms of the men and women who wanted to lead or “uplift” them. You should use the readings since the midterm including the chapters in The Souls of Black Folk and chapters 8 -9 and the assigned readings in the Appendix. 15 points
The prompt: Compare and contrast the efforts of the freedmen and women to pursue their dreams of freedom, political participation, economic stability, reunited families and better futures for their children after the Civil War. How does DuBois describe Reconstruction and its aftermath? (5 points) How specifically did Jim Crow laws and customs affect black and white lives, and how was it resisted? What were the major differences in philosophy between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois? How did other black leaders such as Ida B. Wells and Anna Julia Cooper approach the need for reform and progress? (10 points)
2 pages (minimum) double spaced
LINK TO THE BOOK:
Souls of Black Folk: WEB Dubois: