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W. E. B. Du Bois on sociology and the Black community
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Physical Description:
viii, 320 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Author Notes

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 August 27, 1963, after becoming a citizen of that country.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
IntroductionDan S. Green and Edwin D. Driver.
I The Tasks of Sociology
1 The Atlanta Conferences
2 The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta University
3 The Twelfth Census and the Negro Problems
4 The Study of the Negro Problems
5 The Negro Race in the United States of America
II Community Studies
6 The Philadelphia Negro
7 The Black North in 1901: New York
8 The Negroes of Dougherty County, Georgia
9 The Negroes of Farmville, Virginia
III Black Culture and Creativity
10 The Negro American Family
11 The Religion of the American Negro
12 The Problem of Amusement
13 The Conservation of Races
IV Changing Patterns of Racial Relations
14 The Relations of the Negroes to the Whites in the South
15 The Social Evolution of the Black South
16 The Problem of the Twentieth Century Is the Problem of the Color Line
17 Prospect of a World without Race Conflict
Selected Bibliography of W. E. B. Du Bois