Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass were both intelligent African American activist, who shared their views of what should be done to the Negro after slavery socially and economically. Even though they both have the same title and common goal, (social and economic equality) they saw the Negro obtaining their liberty through different philosophies.
Washington’s view was much more compromising, as he expressed in the 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech. Washington's views on education were representative of the fact that he was not an intellectual, but a man of action. Washington wanted blacks in the south to respect and value the need for industrial education both from a vantage of American and African experience. He was against the notion of education as a tool used merely to enable one to speak and write the English language correctly; he wanted school to be a place where one might learn to make life more endurable, and if possible, attractive, he wanted an education that would relieve him of the hard times at home, immediately. Therefore, he disagreed with the post-emancipation ideologies of blacks who believed that freedom from slavery brought freedom from hard work. Moreover, education of the head would bring even more sweeping emancipation from work with the hands. He did not want his black people to be ashamed of using their hands, but to have respect for creating something and a sense of satisfaction upon completion of that task.
Frederick Douglass on the other hand was a firm believer of education first, this was an African American man who taught himself how to read , and a freed slave as well as Booker T. Washington