Students participate in socratic seminar discussions of excerpted versions of either Du Bois’s essay “The Talented
Tenth” or Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise Speech” in order to better understand each man’s beliefs about the best
strategy for African Americans to achieve equality at the turn of the century. Students analyze the issues, ideas, and
values in each text.

DuBois v. Washington Lesson Overview.pdf

Teacher Resources:

DuBois and Washington Bios.pdf
Seminar Discussion Norms.pdf

Student Handouts:

Atlanta Compromise Speech Text.pdf
Atlanta Compromise Speech Text (Modified).pdf
Talented Tenth Text.pdf
Talented Tenth Text (Modified).pdf
Washington Ticket.pdf
DuBois Ticket.pdf
Talking Heads Worksheet.pdf

Additional Lesson Resources:

Audio Recording of "The Atlanta Compromise" (MP3 files)
Audio Recording of "The Talented Tenth"




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Excerpts from "The Talented Tenth" are taken from W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Talented Tenth," from The Negro Problem: A Series of Articles by Representative Negroes of To-day (New York, 1903).
The text of the "Atlanta Compromise Speech" was originally published by: Alice M. Bacon, The Negro and the Atlanta Exposition (Baltimore: The Trustees, 1896), 12-16.