W.E.B. Du Bois by David L. Lewis
Biography of a Race : 1868-1919

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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.
 

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Published October 1, 1993 by Henry Holt & Co. 749 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Here, he's last seen after a post- WW I congress that called for direct League of Nations supervision of German colonies in Africa, as he himself returns to a society that brutally and methodically excluded ``his people from meaningful citizenship....'' A masterly appreciation of a great ma...

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Picking up where he left off seven years ago, Lewis (The Race to Fashoda, 1988, etc.) continues his authoritative biography of the African-American intellectual and activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963).

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In his book The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois set out to paint a vivid portrait of black people in the decades after emancipation in 1862 - how they lived and who they really were: and thus to enlighten white America - still profoundly attached to the myths of black inferiority - as to the true m...

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This second (and final) volume of Lewis's critically praised biography of one of the founders of the contemporary black civil rights movement and a champion of human rights around the world is as astute and superbly written as the first.

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Furthermore, Lewis astutely points out the parallel between America's eagerness to impress Europe and African-Americans' eagerness to impress America: using the stage of the world's fair, both groups frankly lobbied for legitimacy as "culturally mature."

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Entertainment Weekly

Du Bois, nominated for this year's National Book Award in the biography category, covers the life of the man some call the godfather of the civil rights movement from 1919 to his death in Ghana in 1963.

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Biographer David Levering Lewis writes that Du Bois "attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism—scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatri...

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People

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois knew the pain of being black in America at the turn of the century.

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The New York Review of Books

Du Bois’s effort to reconcile or coordinate his multiple identities, as a descendant of enslaved Africans, an American citizen, and a cultivated and cosmopolitan citizen of the world, has made him, for some literary scholars and intellectual historians, the representative American intellectual of...

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Project MUSE

To be sure, Blum is not the first scholar to contest the antireligious Du Bois, but one would have to have been listening extremely closely to the last twenty years of Du Bois studies to know that a few scholars, here and there, had begun a sympathetic reappraisal of Du Bois's relationship to rel...

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