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One of the biggest contradictions of the Progressive Movement was the existence of Jim Crow laws in the South and de facto segregation in the North.
My favorite quote by Trotter is “…My vocation has been to wage a crusade against lynching, disenfranchisement, peonage, public segregation, injustice, denial of service in public places for color, in war time and in peace” shows his tireless desire to end racism in the United States. Yet, Trotter and Du Bois’ fight would not be easily won. It would be another fifty years after these men organized the Niagara Movement that African-Americans would begin seeing changes in society.
Do you think the work of men such as Du Bois and Trotter was in vain? Or, was it planting seeds for the Civil Rights Movement?