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1. John Brown
2. Du Bois, W. E. B (1868-1963):
3. The College-bred Negro American:
4. The college-bred negro; a report
5. The suppression of the African
6. The Negro in the South, his economic
7. The souls of black folk, essays
8. The suppression of the African
9. The suppression of the African
10. W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963): A
11. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du
12. Autobiography of W.E.B. Dubois:
13. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a
14. W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader
15. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du
16. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du
17. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race and Culture
18. The Conservation of Races The
19. The Souls of Black Folk
20. Biography - Du Bois, W(illiam)

1. John Brown
by W E. B. 1868-1963 Du Bois
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5-0 out of 5 stars America's Terrorist Hero
If you want to learn about John Brown's life and thought, and about the context and impact of his raid on Harper's Ferry, you should read historian David. S. Reynolds's "John Brown: Abolitionist", a passionate, dispassionate biography of the man and his times. W.E.B. Du Bois wrote his biography of Brown in 1909, at a time when Jim Crow ruled even the profession of history and when Brown was almost universally scorned as a madman and a fanatic. Du Bois wrote of him as a Promethean hero, the "necessary man' of American history. In doing so, he was not the revisionist. Rather, he was reviving the perception of Brown that had prevailed during the Civil War, the perception cultivated by the Transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau and by the poets Whitman and Melville. Du Bois's biography is more an eloquent mythic epitaph than a work of simple scholarship. To read it is to understand Du Bois and the demands of African-Americans for respect and social justice, projected onto the one 'white' man of the antebellum Land of the Slave who sincerely shared his humanity with "black" men and women. Du Bois is an eloquent writer; his final chapter, on the Legacy of John Brown, is addressed to the segregationists and colonialists of his own era, but its appeal for justice - sadly - is as pertinent now as then. Here are Du Bois's concluding sentences:

"John Brown taught us that the cheapest price to pay for liberty is its cost today. The building of barriers against the advance of Negro-Americans hinders but in the end cannot altogether stop their progress.... Nor can the efficiency of gree as an economic developer be proven -- it may hasten development but it does so at the expense of solidity of structure, smoothness of motion, and real efficiency. Nor does selfish exploitation help the underdeveloped; rather it hinders and weakens them.
"It is now a full century since this white-hired old man lay weltering in the blood which he spilled for broken and despised humanity. Let the nation which he loved and the South to which he spoke, reverently listen again today to those words, as prophetic now as then:
"'You had better -- all you people of the South -- prepare yourslves for a settlement of this question. It must come up for settlement sooner than you are prepared for it, and the sooner you commence that preparation, the better for you. You may dispose of me very easily -- I am nearly disposed of now; but this question is still to be settled -- this Negro question, I mean. The end of that is not yet.'"

4-0 out of 5 stars Strike the Blow
Please note that the substance of the following review has been
used in the review of Stephen Oates's book To Purge This Land in Blood reviewed elsewhere (click see all my reviews). Both books offer a good prospective on the life of John Brown and can be profitably read together. Dubois's book is a decent historical narrative of Brown's life from an earlier time and in a more partisan perspective. Oates book reflects more modern academic methods of analysis and research and tackles the weaknesses in other interpretations. In that sense, Oates book is close to the definitive study of John Brown's life. Most importantly, both books reflect a Northern view of Brown exploits previously long absent from the historical record. My review reflects the need to study an important American fighter for justice and for today's generation to learn some lessons from his life.

I would like to make a few comments on the role of Captain John Brown and his struggle at Harper's Ferry in 1859 in the history of the black liberation struggle. This appropriate as I am writing this review during Black History Month of 2006. Unfortunately John Brown continues to remain one of the very few white heroes of the struggle for black liberation.

From fairly early in my youth I knew the name John Brown and was swept up by the romance surrounding his exploits at Harpers Ferry.For example, I knew that the great anthem of the Civil War -The Battle Hymn of the Republic had a prior existence as a tribute to John Brown. I, however, was then neither familiar with the import of his exploits for the black liberation struggle nor knew much about the specifics of the politics of the various tendencies in the struggle against slavery. I certainly knew nothing then of Brown's (and his sons) prior military exploits in the Kansas wars against the expansion of slavery. If one understands the ongoing nature of his commitment to struggle one can only conclude that his was indeed a man on a mission. Those exploits also render absurd a very convenient myth about his `madness'. This is a political man and to these eyes a very worthy one. In the context of the turmoil of the times he was only the most courageous and audacious revolutionary in the struggle against the abolition of slavery in America.

Whether or not John Brown knew that his strategy would, in the short term, be defeated is a matter of dispute. Reams of paper have been spent proving the military foolhardiness of his scheme at Harper's Ferry. This missing the essential political point that militant action not continuing parliamentary maneuvering advocated by other abolitionists had become necessary.What is not in dispute is that Brown considered himself a true Calvinist avenging angel in the struggle against slavery and more importantly acted on that belief. In short, he was committed to bring justice to the black masses. This is why his exploits and memory stay alive after over 150 years.

Brown and his small integrated band of brothers fought bravely and coolly against great odds. Ten of Brown's men were killed including two of his sons. Five were captured, tried and executed, including Brown. These results are almost inevitable when one takes up a revolutionary struggle against the old order and one is not victorious. One need only think of, for example, the fate of the defenders of the Paris Commune in 1871.One can fault Brown on this or that tactical maneuver. Nevertheless he and the others bore themselves bravely in defeat. As we are all too painfully familiar there are defeats of the oppressed that lead nowhere. One thinks of the defeat of the Chinese Revolution in the 1920's. There other defeats that galvanize others into action. This is how Brown's actions should be measured by history.

Militarily defeated at Harpers Ferry, Brown's political mission to destroy slavery by force of arms nevertheless continued to galvanize important elements in the North at the expense of the pacifistic non-resistant Garrisonian political program for struggle against slavery. Many writers on Brown who reduce his actions to that of a `madman' still cannot believe that his road proved more appropriate to end slavery than either non-resistance or gradualism. That alone makes short shrift of such theories. Historians and others have misinterpreted later events such as the Bolshevik strategy which led to Russian Revolution in October 1917. More recently, we saw this same incomprehension concerning the victory of the Vietnamese against overwhelming military superior forces. Needless to say, all these events continue to be revised by some historians to take the sting out of there proper political implications.

From a modern prospective Brown's strategy for black liberation, even if the abolitionist goal he aspired to was immediately successful reached the outer limits within the confines of capitalism. Brown's actions were meant to make black people free. Beyond that goal he had no program. Unfortunately the Civil War did not provide fundamental economic and political freedom. That is still our fight. Moreover, the Civil War, the defeat of Radical Reconstruction, the reign of `Jim Crow' and the subsequent waves of black migration to the cities changed the character of black oppression in the U.S.from Brown's time. Black people are now a part of "free labor," and the key to their liberation is in the integrated fight of labor and its allies to establish a government in the intersts of working people. And as Malcolm X said by whatever means it takesNevertheless, we can stand proudly in the revolutionary tradition of John Brown (and of his friend Frederick Douglass). We need to complete the unfinished democratic tasks of the Civil War, not by emulating Brown's exemplary actions but to moving the multi-racial American working class to power. We must know our history. Read this book and find out why.

4-0 out of 5 stars John Brown: What a great guy
The story of John Brown depicts the life of the famous abolitionist as a loving father of more than a dozen children, husband, and anti-slavery hero. His plots at Harper's Ferry and Kansas are described in great depth, making you feel as if you were a part of his heroic effort to abolish slavery.
From his youth when he first encounters a slave, to his brave efforts to save Kansas, up until his death as a martyr he is portrayed as the very passionate man. While reading, I especially enjoyed the interactions John Brown had with other abolitionists. In particular, the first time he meets Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass and Brown's first encounter is in Brown's house, John's tells Douglass ofhis plans at Harper's Ferry. Douglass says of Brown, " some men made such display of rigid virtue, I should have rejected it as affected, false, and hypocritical, but in John Brown, I felt it to be real as iron or granite." It was neat to see that such celebrated people had so much respect for one another.
The numerous quotes and references make it seem as though you are sitting in the same room as the famed abolitionist. However, with all the dates, people and places it is easy to lose track of everything.
Du Bois's biography is perfect for the history buff or anyone who is studying the Civil War in general and I highly recommend it. Read it to find out the truth behind the failed revolt at Harper's Ferry and learn more about a man who shaped our country.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Brown: An American Hero
John Brown is often times overlooked as one of America's greatest heroes. His raid on Harper's Ferry was one of the most influential causes for the outbreak of the Civil War. Although the immediate effects of the war were greatly devastating, it hurtled the U.S. over the slavery issue and forward into the future.

Du Bois's biography gives a lengthy & descriptive account of the rebel's life and touched on a lot of info that I was unaware of. Definitely a must-buy for all those studying John Brown specifically, or the Civil War in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars j. brown
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2. Du Bois, W. E. B (1868-1963): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i>
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3. The College-bred Negro American: report of a social study made by Atlanta University under the patronage of the trustees of the John F. Slater Fund : with ... Study of the Negro Problems, held at Atlanta
by W E. B. 1868-1963 Du Bois, Augustus Granville Dill, John F. Slater Fund
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Originally published in 1911.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

4. The college-bred negro; a report of a social study made under the direction of Atlanta University in 1900
by W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois 1868-1963 ed
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5. The suppression of the African slave-trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870
by W E. B. 1868-1963 Du Bois
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6. The Negro in the South, his economic progress in relation to his moral and religious development; being the William Levi Bull lectures for the year 1907
by Booker T. Washington, W E. B. 1868-1963 Du Bois
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7. The souls of black folk, essays and sketches
by W E. B. 1868-1963 Du Bois
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8. The suppression of the African slave-trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870
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9. The suppression of the African slave-trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870
by W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois 1868-1963
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10. W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963): A bibliographical review (Afro-American studies report)
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11. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois: Selections, 1944-1963 (Correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois)
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Scholar, author, editor, teacher, reformer and civil rights leader, W.E.B. Du Bois (1888-1963) was a major figure in American life and one of the earliest proponents of equality for black Americans. This is the third volume of three and incorporates correspondence from 1944 to 1963. ... Read more

12. Autobiography of W.E.B. Dubois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century
by W. E. B. Du Bois
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3-0 out of 5 stars Slow, Tedious Over-Detailed Writing...But Read It Anyway
I really wanted to like this book...I really did. And it's not really that bad. DuBois grants us a very revealing look at his young life, along with his education and intellectual development. His early observations and analysis of life are insightful and thought provoking.Still his writing lacks pace and fails to flow in any way other than tediously.Despite being regarded by many as one of the great men of the 20th century, his memoirs grant little to convey that greatness and leaves the reader unfulfilled at truly grasping his many accomplishments.However, DuBois' revelations regarding the N.A.A.C.P. are very interesting, and one of the better parts of the book.If you have plenty of time to spare (it's over 400 pages long) you may attain more from it than this reviewer did.

5-0 out of 5 stars "One of the greatest thinkers ever"
This book should be read by everyone who is interested in civil rights.Dubois was the pioneer of the civil rights movement and anything he had to say deserves to be read.This book is just as important as the Autobiographies of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.After readingthis book I realized what bravery was all about.Dubois didn't have theluxury of a "movement" behind him, he stood alone.He spoke hismind to whomever he felt was hindering the progress of blacks in America. Not only did he stand alone and speak his mind but he did it in a time whena black man would be lynched simply for looking at a white person the wrongway.This book is written with the same poetic style as most of his otherwork and continues the story of his battle against oppression where"Souls of Black Folk", and "Darkwater" leave off.Youwill definately benefit by taking the time to read the almost century longjourney of one of the greatest thinkers and writers the world has everseen. ... Read more

13. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race : 1868-1919 (Web Dubois Biography of a Race)
by David L. Lewis
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A definitive biography of the African-American author and scholar describes Du Bois's formative years, the evolution of his philosophy, and his roles as a founder of the NAACP and architect of the American civil rights movement. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.Amazon.com Review
W.E.B. Du Bois--the first African-American to earn a doctorate atHarvard, one of the founders of the NAACP, visionary Pan-Africanistintellectual, and author of the seminal text The Souls of Black Folks--hasnot received due honor in his own country because of his radicalism in laterlife. Du Bois, hounded during the McCarthy era for his left wing beliefs,eventually gave up his American citizenship. But as a revered leader of blackpeople worldwide, Du Bois merited a state funeral in Ghana when he died therein 1963. This first volume in Lewis's biography, winner of the 1994 PulitzerPrize, details Du Bois' early life and work, up to the landmark Pan-AfricanCongress following World War I, which brought "black liberation" toworld attention. ... Read more

14. W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader
by W. E. B. Du Bois, David L. Lewis
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The essential writings of Du Bois have been selected and edited by David Levering Lewis, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.
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Even as the lunch counters were being liberated in the South,W.E.B. Du Bois predicted the "... deepening class conflictwithin black America and superficial economic improvement at best inthe lot of the great majority of black people." Always an uttererof difficult and unpopular truths, Du Bois's writing still has thering of prophecy come true. "The inflexible truth he embraced wasthat, just as Africans in the United States 'under the corporate ruleof monopolized wealth ... will be confined to the lowest wage group,'so the peoples of the developing world faced subordination in theglobal scheme of things capitalist."

The long span of DuBois's remarkable life (95 years) embodied the essence of AfricanAmerican dilemmas, from the early 1870s and post-Reconstruction to theearly 1960s' civil rights revolution. Honored primarily for hisenormous breakthroughs in black scholarship, urban sociology, andcivil rights, Du Bois also paradoxically "... espoused racial andpolitical beliefs of such variety and seeming contradiction as tobewilder and alienate as many Americans, black and white, as heinspired or converted." Marxism, in his old age, would supersedecivil liberties as his ideological foundation.

The contradictions,the uncompromising brilliance, the allure, still has David L. Lewisasking, "Who is Du Bois, the man?" The more the details ofhis early life are probed, the more evident it becomes that Du Bois's"facts" differ from how he wrote about them. He crafted"a grand prose wherein the 'golden river' flowing near hisbirthplace is in fact the highly polluted Housatonic River; the'mighty [Burghardt] clan' of his mother's people is in reality ahardscrabble band of peasant landholders clinging topostage-stamp-size holdings; the dashing cavalier father, Alfred DuBois, is an army deserter and philanderer; and the 'gentle and decentpoverty' of his childhood is more often sharp and deep." Are suchdiscrepancies significant? In as much, claims Lewis, that theyrepresent Du Bois's cultivation of his outsider vision--a stancearticulated in his 1903 classic, The Soul of Black Folk, whichdescribes the essential and necessary double-consciousness of theAmerican black.

In his concentrated but vastly informativeintroduction, David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographerof W.E.B. Du Bois, posits four career turning points that shaped thishighly charged political life--from the disputes between Du Bois andBooker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey to the New York-NAACP years(1934) and the internal rift caused by Du Bois's fearlessdenunciations to the halls of academe to a run for the U.S. Senate atthe age of 82. His directorship of the Peace Information Center (PIC),which advocated nuclear disarmament, would get him declared a foreignagent. Turning to communism, even as Khrushchev disclosed theStalin-era crimes and Soviet atrocities, he exiled himself to WestAfrica. The timing seemed ironic. The American civil rights revolutionwas just gathering force.

This vast collection of the writings ofW.E.B. Du Bois is organized under 15 headings to reflect thephilosophical shifts and changes in a long and contradictorylife. Each section is introduced by Lewis with commentary on where DuBois stood historically in relation to issues of race and, whereappropriate, elucidating on the issues. Lewis's selections from the DuBois opus arise from a vast and confident knowledge. Students of raceand the civil rights movement in American history will want to addthis remarkable collection of Du Bois's essential writings to theirlibrary. -Hollis Giammatteo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars indescribable
If I liked Du Bois before, I love him after purchasing this collection of essays! I have enjoyed reading through all of them

5-0 out of 5 stars Reveals The DuBois you Didn't Know
Most Black History fans think they have DuBois figured out. You either hate him for his haughtiness and elitism or you love his militant stands. This collection of DuBois' writings shows that the truth was somewhere in between. We see DuBois change his mind on Marcus Garvey and the elitist "Talented Tenth" idea. We see DuBois evolve from Integrationism to Black Nationalism to Communism. We basically see a man who is not afraid to change his ideas and admit his errors, a very human and complex man. ... Read more

15. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois: Selections, 1877-1934 (Correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois)
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16. The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois: Selections, 1934-1944 (Correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois)
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17. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race and Culture
by Bernard W. Bell, Emily R. Grosholz, James B. Stewart
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Interpreting Du Bois' thoughts on race and culture in a broadly philosophical sense, this volume assembles original essays by some of today's leading scholars in a critical dialogue on different important theoretical and practical issues that concerned him throughout his long career: the conundrum of race, the issue of gender equality, and the perplexities of pan-Africanism. ... Read more

18. The Conservation of Races The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 2
by W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 Du Bois
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19. The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois
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"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line."  Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature.  In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, Du Bois dares as no one has before to describe the magnitude of American racism and demand an end to it.  He draws on his own life for illustration, from his early experiences teaching in the hills of Tennessee to the death of his infant son and his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

Far ahead of its time, The Souls Of Black Folk both anticipated and inspired much of the black conciousness and activism of the 1960's and is a classic in the literature of civil rights.  The elegance of DuBois's prose and the passion of his message are as crucial today as they were upon the book's first publication.Amazon.com Review
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African American intellectuals--a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk, in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work; its insights into Negro life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.

With a dash of the Victorian and Enlightenment influences that peppered his impassioned yet formal prose, the book's largely autobiographical chapters take the reader through the momentous and moody maze of Afro-American life after the Emancipation Proclamation: from poverty, the neoslavery of the sharecropper, illiteracy, miseducation, and lynching, to the heights of humanity reached by the spiritual "sorrow songs" that birthed gospel and the blues. The most memorable passages are contained in "On Booker T. Washington and Others," where Du Bois criticizes his famous contemporary's rejection of higher education and accommodationist stance toward white racism: "Mr. Washington's programme practically accepts the alleged inferiority of the Negro races," he writes, further complaining that Washington's thinking "withdraws many of the high demands of Negroes as men and American citizens." The capstone of The Souls of Black Folk, though, is Du Bois' haunting, eloquent description of the concept of the black psyche's "double consciousness," which he described as "a peculiar sensation.... One ever feels this twoness--an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." Thanks to W.E.B. Du Bois' commitment and foresight--and the intellectual excellence expressed in this timeless literary gem--black Americans can today look in the mirror and rejoice in their beautiful black, brown, and beige reflections. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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Du Bois eloquently expresses the black experience circa 1903. More precisely, Du Bois was a mulatto. There are a lot of environmental explanations of black problems in the book. Du Bois asserts that the black man is not inferior, but is of one of the less developed races. He had confidence that education would lift the black man up and it was the white man's duty to do so. He explains that slavery caused such problems as black promiscuity, crime, weak marriages, lower educational and moral standards, and distrust of the police and the justice system. Even after slavery days have passed, the characteristics of that culture are passed through the generations.

One complaint he had about freeing the slaves was that they were not properly prepared to live as free men. They should have been given 40 acres and a mule and job skill training so that they could move up the economic ladder. Blacks were allowed to slide back down to the serfdom of being sharecroppers. The cotton crop began to yield less bounty and money because the land was worn out from over use and cotton prices fell, leaving the south in poverty, but unwilling to change its ways.

Although Du Bois was raised in the North, he had great sympathy for everyone living in the South and he often expressed its political problems from a socially conservative point of view. He was a gentleman reformer, not a fire-breathing revolutionary. His love of the liberal arts and higher education shines through as he asserts that blacks should be given higher education to learn about the finer things and the meaning of life. He contradicted Booker T. Washington's compromise with the white south's desire to keep blacks in their place. Washington thought that blacks should just learn trades and not worry about having political power, civil rights, and higher education.

Du Bois liked to mix among the common black folk and he gives us some insight into how poor blacks lived at the time. An uneasy peace had settled in the south as resentful whites adjusted to the new status of blacks as partially free and equal, courtesy of the Yankee government.

My favorite essay was Of the Coming of John in which a white John, son of a judge, and a black John, son of a servant, live parallel lives. They both leave town to get a degree. White John goes to Princeton and Black John goes to a lesser known school. The whites in the small southern town decry Black John getting an education, saying that it will ruin him. After all, he is such a nice, obedient boy and will make a good servant as long as he does not get any fool ideas in his head. As Black John loses his simplicity and becomes more disciplined in his studies, he becomes serious, dignified, and less content than when he was a simple, joyful youth. He returns home reluctantly after getting his degree, thinking that he has outgrown the small town he grew up in. He goes North briefly, but he does not feel at home there either. The blacks in the small town think he has become stuck up and whites think that he has become dangerously uppity. The story ends in tragedy, but I thought it was a good story about outgrowing a town and then not being able to fit back into that small box again and not being able to fit in elsewhere either. It's something I can relate to. It shows the attitudes of whites toward black education at the time. In a sense, Black John was ruined, but that, according to Du Bois, was because whites would not support black education, not because he had outgrown the town.

1-0 out of 5 stars W.E.B. DuBoise, book review
If you are not well-read, or a Harvard graduate, then you might want to think twice before ordering this one. It's the typical work of W.E.B. BuBoise - using uncommon 'advanced terminology' (long fancy words) to present his point. You'll find yourself having to use a dictionary for every other word, and it'll take a month to finish this 150 page paperback, and you'll still find youself saying, "That's it? THAT'S the book that all the fuss has been stirred over?" If you want to read something of the old fashioned 'Reconstruction era' pertaining to black folks, then stick to 'Ways of The White Folks,' or something else by Langston Hughs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Bedford's DuBois
This volume includes the Souls of Black Folk, and also a few other essays by DuBois. The introduction to the subject matter is almost as inspiring as DuBois himself. One drawback- the text is accompanied by endnotes rather than footnotes, which is rather problematic because Dubois' frequent references to very specific classical literature call for frequent trips to the back of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Understand "double consciousness"
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. He became a naturalized citizen of Ghana in 1963 at the age of 95. David Levering Lewis, a biographer, wrote, "In the course of his long, turbulent career, W.E.B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism--scholarship, propaganda, integration, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity. After graduating from Fisk University in 1888, Du Bois took a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College in 1890 (Harvard having refused to recognize the equivalency of his Fisk degree), and in 1892 received a stipend to attend the University of Berlin. While a student in Berlin, he travelled extensively throughout Europe, and came of age intellectually while studying with some of the most prominent social scientists in the German capital, such as Gustav von Schmoller. In 1896, Du Bois became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University. After teaching at Wilberforce University in Ohio and the University of Pennsylvania, he established the department of sociology at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University).

"The Souls of Black Folk" is the most well-known work of African-American W.E.B. Du Bois, a writer, leader, and civil rights activist. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Du Bois drew from his own experiences to develop this groundbreaking work on being African-American in American society. Outside of its notable place in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the first works to deal with sociology. In Living Black History, (p. 96) esteemed scholar and Du Bois biographer Manning Marable makes the following observation about the book: "Few books make history and fewer still become foundational texts for the movements and struggles of an entire people. The Souls of Black Folk occupies this rare position. It helped to create the intellectual argument for the black freedom struggle in the twentieth century. Souls justified the pursuit of higher education for Negroes and thus contributed to the rise of the black middle class. By describing a global color-line, Du Bois anticipated pan-Africanism and colonial revolutions in the Third World. Moreover, this stunning critique of how 'race' is lived through the normal aspects of daily life is central to what would become known as 'whiteness studies' a century later."

For Du Bois the problem of 20th century is problem of color line. Concept of double consciousness is looking thru eyes of others. Notion of authenticity what does it mean to be authentic? His idea is very Freudian. Du Bois says authenticity is a longing for Blacks, but impossible because blacks can't be authentic have to live another way. Cornell West says Du Bois is a pragmatist. He is connected to the Harlem Renaissance. Paul Gilroy says Du Bois is more connected with Pan Africanism experience of displaced Africans around the world. What does he mean "souls of Black folk"? It is a metaphor for spirituality. Book is meant to provide progress for black folks. Freedman's bureau had some success like schools. He had issue with B. T. Washington populist message of wanting blacks to concentrate on jobs not the vote, higher education, or civil rights. Du Bois resents Booker T. Washington as spokesperson for blacks. Critiques American materialism. Standard of human culture and lofty ideals of life, the talented tenth. Book is pioneering for 6 reasons: 1. Identification of hyphenated self. 2. Recognition of Black culture like music, the Blues vernacular culture. The soul of the nation itself, West says musically is key to text, it "sings" the "sorrow song" is motif of life. 3. Important to Harlem renaissance period. 4. Pioneering work of sociology and psychology. 5. Higher education is means to self realization. 6. Relations to economics drives development of black life.

Double consciousness. His double consciousness gives us a vivid picture of how tragic the racist discourse is, defined by skin color. Black or white thus it strengthens arguments that each race had unique properties thus polarizing us. His book gives us this understanding of our mind and self identity. If Blacks accept the racial divide they then deny equality. He does see a black identity and celebrates difference made real in Black experience. Celebrates difference made real in peoples experience and beyond our racial fictions. How does he do this, what is the key? It is music the "sorrows song." Those voicings, these songs speak to slow tragedy. He precedes each chapter with sorrow song. The doubleness of consciousness is extended throughout the work. They convey resistance and defiance. Last chapter how prejudice works on people. Whiteness is non race. The great chain of being, your place in society. Rise of Enlightenment human is now sovereign leads to systematic study of man.

Du Bois was investigated by the FBI, who claimed in May of 1942 that "his writing indicates him to be a socialist," and that he "has been called a Communist and at the same time criticized by the Communist Party." Du Bois visited Communist China during the Great Leap Forward. Also, in the 16 March 1953 issue of The National Guardian, Du Bois wrote "Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature." Du Bois was chairman of the Peace Information Center at the start of the Korean War. He was among the signers of the Stockholm Peace Pledge, which opposed the use of nuclear weapons. In 1950, he ran for the U.S. Senate on the American Labor Party ticket in New York and received 4% of the vote. He was indicted in the United States under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and acquitted for lack of evidence. W.E.B. Du Bois became disillusioned with both black capitalism and racism in the United States. In 1959, Du Bois received the Lenin Peace Prize. In 1961, at the age of 93, he joined the Communist Party USA.

Du Bois was invited to Ghana in 1961 by President Kwame Nkrumah to direct the Encyclopedia Africana, a government production, and a long-held dream of his. When, in 1963, he was refused a new U.S. passport, he and his wife, Shirley Graham Du Bois, became citizens of Ghana, making them dual citizens of Ghana and the United States. Du Bois' health had declined in 1962, and on August 27, 1963, he died in Accra, Ghana at the age of ninety-five, one day before Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Recommended reading for anyone interested in history, psychology, or philosophy.
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