Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-Based Leadership for African Americans

Overview

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois's "reform" writings-which had the intention of reforming immoral and unethical behavior-appeared in periodicals and were directed toward or written on behalf of the African American community. Du Bois, a Harvard-trained sociologist, offered a stark alternative to the anti-intellectual dogma contained in reform messages by black church leadership. Believing that African Americans needed a firm historical and sociological grasp of a distinct phenomenon, which church leaders could ...
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Overview

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois's "reform" writings-which had the intention of reforming immoral and unethical behavior-appeared in periodicals and were directed toward or written on behalf of the African American community. Du Bois, a Harvard-trained sociologist, offered a stark alternative to the anti-intellectual dogma contained in reform messages by black church leadership. Believing that African Americans needed a firm historical and sociological grasp of a distinct phenomenon, which church leaders could not offer, Du Bois published in numerous black, progressive, liberal, college, and religious periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, the Independent Weekly, Outlook, Voice of the Negro, New York Post, and Crisis. Now for the first time, Du Bois's reform writings-spanning over fifty years-have been gathered into one volume. Each section is edited and introduced by Brian Johnson. In them, he demonstrates Du Bois's contribution to advancing the social and moral dimensions of the African American community.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicken Bonesa Journal For Literary and Artistic African-American Themes
[This] is a very complex Dubois most of us do not know...Dr. Johnson's view is exciting-he raises questions about how Du Bois became a scholar activist, how, with regard to the Negro, he popularized in a variety of magazines and journals the social sciences as a substitute for the religious dogma of the more negro/white enthusiastic-led congregations, how Du Bois as journalist, compelling and authoritatively, became a national leader, a public intellectual...Brian Johnson's might be a good place to start on our own moral and ethical reforms, and a new social commitment.
James Danky
W.E.B. Dubois is frequently referred to but too infrequently read, especially beyond /Souls of Black Folks/. Brian Johnson's new book reminds us that Du Bois was a leader as well as an intellectual, one who's words have great potential for today's African American leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759108042
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is professor of English at Gordon College and research fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Du Bois on reform : periodical-based leadership for African Americans
Pt. I Periodical writings appearing in New York Globe (Freeman), 1883-1885
1 Great Barrington notes 6
2 Great Barrington notes 7
3 Great Barrington notes 7
4 Great Barrington briefs 8
5 Berkshire Hills 9
6 Great Barrington items 10
Pt. II Writings appearing in various progressive, liberal, college, religious, and Negro periodicals, 1897-1910
7 A program of social reform 19
8 Strivings of the Negro people 20
9 A Negro schoolmaster in the New South 25
10 The Negro and crime 32
11 The present outlook for the dark races of mankind 35
12 Religion of the American Negro 46
13 The Freedmen's bureau 54
14 The Negro as he really is 68
15 The savings of Black Georgia 80
16 The spawn of slavery : the convict-lease system in the south 84
17 Of the training of black men 91
18 Hopeful signs for the Negro 102
19 Possibilities of the Negro : the advance guard of the race 106
20 The problem of work 114
21 The training of Negroes for social power 126
22 The development of a people 134
23 The Negro problem from the Negro point of view : the parting of the ways 148
24 To solve the Negro problem 151
25 What intellectual training is doing for the Negro 152
26 The Negro ideals of life 156
27 The future of the Negro race in America 160
28 St. Francis of Assisi 171
29 The Negro in the large cities 181
30 Georgia Negroes and their fifty millions of savings 184
31 Negro property 190
Pt. III Periodical writings appearing in crisis magazine : a record of the darker races, 1910-1934
32 Business and philanthropy 201
33 Education 203
34 Education 204
35 The black mother 207
36 The Ostrich 208
37 The immediate program of the American Negro 209
38 Discipline 212
39 Hampton 213
40 The common school 216
41 Philanthropy 217
42 Self-help 218
43 Awake, put on thy strength, O Zion 218
44 The slaughter of the innocents 219
45 Save 219
46 Reconstruction 220
47 Cooperation 221
48 Crime 222
49 Two methods 224
50 Thrift 225
51 The drive 226
52 Negro art 227
53 Marriage 229
54 Birth 230
55 Childhood 231
56 Education 232
57 The Negro and the American stage 233
58 Foreign languages 234
59 Crisis children 235
60 Boys and girls 236
61 Our economic future 236
62 The city child 238
63 The Negro's industrial plight 240
64 Christmas festivities 243
65 To your tents, O Israel 244
66 Young voters 245
67 Wilberforce 247
68 For unto us a child is born 248
69 Toward a new racial philosophy 250
70 Our health 254
71 Our class struggle 255
72 Our music 258
73 The Negro college 259
74 Organization 265
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