Gift of Black Folk The Negroes in the Making of America

ISBN-10: 0757003192
ISBN-13: 9780757003196
Edition: 2009
Authors: W. E. B. Du Bois
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 1/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Civil rights leader and author, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on February 23, 1868. He earned a B.A. from both Harvard and Fisk universities, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, and studied at the University of Berlin. He taught briefly at Wilberforce University before he came professor of history and economics at Atlanta University in Ohio (1896-1910). There, he wrote The Souls of Black Folk (1903), in which he pointed out that it was up to whites and blacks jointly to solve the problems created by the denial of civil rights to blacks. In 1905, Du Bois became a major figure in the Niagara Movement, a crusading effort to end discrimination. The organization collapsed, but it prepared the way for the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in which Du Bois played a major role. In 1910, he became editor of the NAACP magazine, a position he held for more than 20 years. Du Bois returned to Atlanta University in 1932 and tried to implement a plan to make the Negro Land Grant Colleges centers of black power. Atlanta approved of his idea, but later retracted its support. When Du Bois tried to return to NAACP, it rejected him too. Active in several Pan-African Congresses, Du Bois came to know Fwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, and Jono Kenyatta the president of Kenya. In 1961, the same year Du Bois joined the Communist party, Nkrumah invited him to Ghana as a director of an Encyclopedia Africana project. He died there on Aug. 27, 1963, after becoming a citizen of that country.

Introduction
Foreword
Prescript
The Black Explorers
Black Labor
Black Soldiers
The Emancipation of Democracy
The Reconstruction of Freedom
The Freedom of Womanhood
The American Folk Song
Negro Art and Literature
The Gift of the Spirit
Postscript
The Racial Contributions to the United States
Notes
Index

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