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Overview

W.E.B. Du Bois shaped 20th century America to an extent rivaled by few others. The first black to receive a Ph. D. from Harvard, he helped create the discipline of sociology and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Martin Luther King, Jr. called Du Bois "a gifted discoverer of social truths." But until now little academic attention has been paid to his insights on religion or to how religious commitments shaped his views of race, rights and justice. Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois's writings on religion, and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion. Du Bois on Religion includes selections from his well-known works such as The Souls of Black Folks to poems, prayers, stories and speeches less widely available. Brief, helpful introductions preface each of the twenty-six selections. Also, a general introduction traces Du Bois's move from church-attending Christian to relentless critic of religion and evaluates Du Bois's contributions to the study of religion. Du Bois on Religion is an important text for sociologists or for anyone interested in the history of race and religion in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Zuckerman's work represents an important first step in recognizing the significant contributions Du Bois made in the study of religion—work equally important as his scholarly advances in the areas of sociology, education, journalism, civil rights, and politics.
— Yolanda Pierce, (University of Kentucky)
CHOICE
Nowhere is political activist W.E.B. DuBois's special gift for keen observation and biting social analysis more evident than in these 26 short essays, selections, and stories on black religion.
— T.L. Lott, (San Jose State University)
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is considered one of the foremost sociologists on the African-American experience. In Du Bois on Religion, Phil Zuckerman reminds us that W.E.B. Du Bois was also an outstanding thinker and scholar in the sociology of religion.... As a result of Zuckerman's editorial skills, the reader sees a portrait of Du Bois as an outspoken activist against racism, classism, discrimination, and segregation found in white society as well as class- and sex-based segregations that often occurred in the African-American community.... Of particular strength is Zuckerman's ability to arrange excerpts of longer works and seldom-published pieces to support Du Bois's contention that the African-American church was as much a social institution as a spiritual one ('The Church and the Negro') and the fluidity of the sacred and the secular for African-Americans ('Souls of Black Folk').... The book succeeds both at presenting samples of Du Bois's scholarly studies and personal writings on the sociology of religion as well as capturing the gradual progression from Du Bois the optimistic, reverent, and somewhat naive proselyte to Du Bois the cynical, disillusioned agnostic... Zuckerman situates Du Bois with classical sociological greats such as Durkheim and Weber and provides clear evidence why this is so. This well-edited text is definitely recommended reading for an advanced undergraduate course or first-year graduate course in sociology of religion, African-American studies, or cultural studies.
— Sandra L. Barnes, (Purdue University)
Religious Studies Review
This classroom-usable collection compiles major essays, addresses, poems, and personal writings by W.E.B. Du Bois about religious topics....a most useful compilation text.
— Paul Harvey, (University of Colorado)
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Zuckerman's work represents an important first step in recognizing the significant contributions Du Bois made in the study of religion—work equally important as his scholarly advances in the areas of sociology, education, journalism, civil rights, and politics.
— Yolanda Pierce, (University of Kentucky)
Choice
Nowhere is political activist W.E.B. DuBois's special gift for keen observation and biting social analysis more evident than in these 26 short essays, selections, and stories on black religion.
— T.L. Lott, (San Jose State University)
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Yolanda Pierce
Zuckerman's work represents an important first step in recognizing the significant contributions Du Bois made in the study of religion—work equally important as his scholarly advances in the areas of sociology, education, journalism, civil rights, and politics.
CHOICE - T.L. Lott
Nowhere is political activist W.E.B. DuBois's special gift for keen observation and biting social analysis more evident than in these 26 short essays, selections, and stories on black religion.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion - Sandra L. Barnes
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is considered one of the foremost sociologists on the African-American experience. In Du Bois on Religion, Phil Zuckerman reminds us that W.E.B. Du Bois was also an outstanding thinker and scholar in the sociology of religion.... As a result of Zuckerman's editorial skills, the reader sees a portrait of Du Bois as an outspoken activist against racism, classism, discrimination, and segregation found in white society as well as class- and sex-based segregations that often occurred in the African-American community.... Of particular strength is Zuckerman's ability to arrange excerpts of longer works and seldom-published pieces to support Du Bois's contention that the African-American church was as much a social institution as a spiritual one ('The Church and the Negro') and the fluidity of the sacred and the secular for African-Americans ('Souls of Black Folk').... The book succeeds both at presenting samples of Du Bois's scholarly studies and personal writings on the sociology of religion as well as capturing the gradual progression from Du Bois the optimistic, reverent, and somewhat naive proselyte to Du Bois the cynical, disillusioned agnostic... Zuckerman situates Du Bois with classical sociological greats such as Durkheim and Weber and provides clear evidence why this is so. This well-edited text is definitely recommended reading for an advanced undergraduate course or first-year graduate course in sociology of religion, African-American studies, or cultural studies.
Religious Studies Review - Paul Harvey
This classroom-usable collection compiles major essays, addresses, poems, and personal writings by W.E.B. Du Bois about religious topics....a most useful compilation text.
Sociological Abstracts, (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) - K. Hyatt Stewart
This volume presents a collection of 26 works by W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) that establish his place in the sociology of religion & offer a new perspecive on the influence of religion on his ideas on race & social justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742504219
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Zuckerman is also the author of Strife in the Sanctuary (AltaMira Press, 1999). He is currently a professor of sociology at Pitzer College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. The Problem of Amusement Chapter 3 3. The Philadelphia Negro Chapter 4 4. Credo Chapter 5 5. The Negro Chruch Chapter 6 6. Of the Faith of the Fathers Chapter 7 7. Of Alexander Crummel Chapter 8 8.A Litany in Atlanta Chapter 9 9. Religion in the South Chapter 10 10. Jesus Christ in Georgia Chapter 11 11. The Church and the Negro Chapter 12 12. The Burden of Black Women Chapter 13 13. Jesus Christ in Baltimore Chapter 14 14. Easter Chapter 15 15. The Negro Church Chapter 16 16. The White Christ Chapter 17 17. The Gospel According to Mary Brown Chapter 18 18. The Second Coming Chapter 19 19. The Prayers of God Chapter 20 20. A Hymn to the Peoples Chapter 21 21. Pontius Pilate Chapter 22 22. The Gift of the Spirit Chapter 23 23. The Color Line and the Church Chapter 24 24. Will the Church Remove the Color Line? Chapter 25 25. The Son of God Chapter 26 26. Jacob and Esau Chapter 27 27. The Negro Church and the Warsaw Ghetto

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