The World of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Quotation Sourcebook

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W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the leading activist men of letters in 20th-century America. Du Bois organized, protested, laid out programs, petitioned, and raised questions of long-term strategy and short-term tactics. He wrote detailed scholarly investigations, Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction among them, as well as popular current articles. He was a commanding speaker and a prodigious correspondent. And yet, it was not until the 1980s that his complete writings became available.

The World of W.E.B. Du Bois was created to provide a short journey through his views on virtually all aspects of 20th-century life. More than 1,000 quotations from his published writings and correspondence are provided. These are grouped into 19 topical and one miscellaneous chapter. Each quote begins with a heading designed to summarize the main sense of the quotation. A subject index provides additional access to the ideas of this complex figure. Essential reading for all involved in American race relations and intellectual history and American and Black Studies.


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The major thoughts, ideas, predictions, and judgments from DuBois's voluminous published and unpublished writings have been selected, arranged, classified, and indexed in this work. Following an ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ


Through a Personal Prism
The Trouble Ive Seen
Mother Africa
Working Class
Forced Labor
Ruling and Other Classes
White People
World Economy and Politics
War and Peace
Some Other Countries

Ideals and Realities
Reform Radicalism and Revolution

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˹ 81 - Folk, declared that the problem of the 20th century was "the problem of the color line." He said that the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.
˹ 41 - For this much all men know: despite compromise, war, and struggle, the Negro is not free. In the backwoods of the Gulf States, for miles and miles, he may not leave the plantation of his birth; in well-nigh the whole rural South the black farmers are peons, bound by law and custom to an economic slavery, from which the only escape is death or the penitentiary.
˹ 243 - The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world.
˹ 102 - The most magnificent drama in the last thousand years of human history is the transportation of ten million human beings out of the dark beauty of their mother continent into the new-found Eldorado of the West. They descended into Hell; and in the third century they . arose from the dead, in the finest effort to achieve democracy for the/ working millions which this world had ever seen.
˹ 12 - On mountain and valley, in home and school, I met men and women as I had never met them before. Slowly they became, not white folks, but folks. The unity beneath all life clutched me. I was not less fanatically a Negro, but " Negro " meant a greater, broader sense of humanity and world-fellowship.
˹ 48 - The methods by which this continent has been stolen have been contemptible and dishonest beyond expression. Lying treaties, rivers of rum, murder, assassination, mutilation, rape, and torture have marked the progress of Englishman, German, Frenchman, and Belgian on the dark continent. The only way in which the world has been able to endure the horrible tale is by deliberately stopping its ears and changing the subject of conversation while the deviltry went on.
˹ 73 - Other things being equal, the mixed school is the broader, more natural basis for the education of all youth. It gives wider contacts; it inspires greater self-confidence; and suppresses the inferiority complex.

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MEYER WEINBERG is Professor Emeritus at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author or compiler of numerous works dealing with education and race/ethnicity issues.