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Booker T. and W. E. B.: A Mini-Sequence About the ‘American Dilemma’ for the Advanced EFL-Classroom

Peter Freese

Abstract

Booker T. Washington’s controversial Atlanta Exposition Address (1895) and W.E.B. Du Bois’s scathing critique of it in The Souls of Black Folk (1903) represent two basic strategies in the fight for Black equality, which Dudley Randall later summarized and ironically contrasted in his ballad “Booker T. and W.E.B.” (1969). These three short and linguistically accessible texts form a promising mini-sequence for the advanced EFL-classroom, which cannot only acquaint the learners with major documents of African-American history, but will also make them realize that every individual text is embedded in an intertextual context.


Corresponding author: Prof. em. Dr. phil. Dr. h. c. mult. Peter Freese, Department of English and American Studies, University of Paderborn, Warburger Straße 100, 33098 Paderborn, Germany, e-mail:

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Published Online: 2015-11-27
Published in Print: 2015-12-1

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