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

Overview

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois' 'reform' writings—with 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 that church leaders could not offer,...
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Overview

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois' 'reform' writings—with 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 that 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, The New York Post, and The Crisis. Now for the first time, Du Bois' reform writings—spanning over fifty years—have been gathered into one volume. Each section is edited and introduced by Brian Johnson and they demonstrate Du Bois' 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.
Chicken Bones: A Journal for Literary & 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.
ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759108059
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.76 (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

Chapter 1 General Introduction: "Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans" Chapter 2 Part One Introduction: "Reform and Periodical-based Leadership in Great Barrington (1883-1885)" Chapter 3 Part One: "Periodical Writings Appearing in New York Globe (Freeman)" (1883-1885) Chapter 4 Part Two Introduction: "Reform Writing and Periodical-based Leadership within the American Negro Academy and Progressive, Liberal, College and Religious Periodicals (1897-1910) Chapter 5 Part Two: "Periodical Writings Appearing in Various Progressive, Liberal, College and Religious Periodicals (1897-1910)" Chapter 6 Part Three Introduction: "Reform Writings and Periodical-based Leadership within Crisis Magazine: A Record of the Darker Races (1910-1934)" Chapter 7 Part Three: Periodical Writings Appearing in Crisis Magazine: A Record of the Darker Races (1910-1934)"
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