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W. E. B. Dubois on Sociology and the Black Community

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ISBN-10: 0226167607

ISBN-13: 9780226167602

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: W. E. B. Du Bois, Dan S. Green, Edwin D. Driver

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Historian, journalist, educator, and civil rights advocate W. E. B. Du Bois was perhaps most accomplished as a sociologist of race relations and of the black community in the United States. This volume collects his most important sociological writings from 1898 to 1910. The eighteen selections include five on Du Bois's conception of sociology and sociological research, especially as a tool in the struggle for racial justice; excerpts from studies of black communities in the South and the North, including The Philadelphia Negro; writings on black culture and social life, with a selection from The Negro American Family; and later works on race relations in the United States and elsewhere after World War II. This section includes a powerful fiftieth-anniversary reassessment of his classic 1901 article in the Atlantic in which he predicted that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line."
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List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
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.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Tasks of Sociology
The Atlanta Conferences
The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta University
The Twelfth Census and the Negro Problems
The Study of the Negro Problems
The Negro Race in the United States of America
Community Studies
The Philadelphia Negro
The Black North in 1901: New York
The Negroes of Dougherty County, Georgia
The Negroes of Farmville, Virginia
Black Culture and Creativity
The Negro American Family
The Religion of the American Negro
The Problem of Amusement
The Conservation of Races
Changing Patterns of Racial Relations
The Relations of the Negroes to the Whites in the South
The Social Evolution of the Black South
The Problem of the Twentieth Century Is the Problem of the Color Line
Prospect of a World without Race Conflict
Notes
Selected Bibliography of W. E. B. Du Bois
Index