The Educational Thought of W.E.B Du Bois: An Intellectual History / Edition 1

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This is the first published, comprehensive interpretation of Du Bois's educational thought. Historian Derrick P. Alridge moves beyond the overly discussed "debates" between Booker T. Washington and Du Bois to provide fresh insights into Du Bois's educational thinking. He draws on a plethora of published and unpublished primary sources to illuminate Du Bois's educational thought on a wide variety of issues, such as women and education, black leadership, black identity, civil rights, black higher education, community education, and academic achievement. This incisive examination of Du Bois: Covers 70 years of Du Bois's life, from his graduation as the first black Ph.D. recipient at Harvard to his death in Ghana, Traces Du Bois's relationships with Booker T. Washington and other African American thinkers of his time, Shows how events such as lynchings, Reconstruction policies, and Progressivism influenced Du Bois's life and thinking.

About the Author:
Derrick P. Alridge is associate professor at the College of Education and associate professor and director of the Institute for African American Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748367
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   V. P. Franklin     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
A Du Boisian Journey     2
A Context of Ideas     4
Complexities and Challenges     5
Structure of the Book     8
Development of a Mind, 1868-1895     9
The Education of W.E.B. Du Bois     11
The World of Du Bois's Youth     11
Great Barrington, Massachusetts     15
Fisk University     18
Harvard University     22
University of Berlin     28
Conclusion     31
Educating and Uplifting the Race, 1895-1920     33
The "Negro Problem" in the Age of Social Reform     35
The Progressive Ethos     35
Thomas Jesse Jones     39
John Dewey     39
The Educator as Scientist     42
Conclusion     49
Black Educators and the Quest to Uplift and Develop the Race     51
Alexander Crummell     51
Booker T. Washington     52
Anna Julia Cooper     55
Kelly Miller     57
Nannie Helen Burroughs     58
Conclusion     60
Educationfor Black Advancement     61
Leadership and Liberal Education     61
Education and Identity     65
Conclusion     67
Educating the Black Masses in the Age of the "New Negro," 1920-1940     69
The "New Negro," Economic Cooperation, and the Question of Voluntary Separate Schooling     71
War and Blacks     71
The "New Negro" Consciousness     72
The Economic Conditions of African Americans     75
Black Economic Cooperation     76
Voluntary Separate Schooling     79
Conclusion     85
African American Educators, Emancipatory Education, and Social Reconstruction     86
Alain Locke     86
Carter G. Woodson     88
Mary McLeod Bethune     91
Charles H. Thompson     93
Horace Mann Bond     95
The Social Reconstructionists     97
Conclusion     100
Education for Social and Economic Cooperation     101
Communal and Community-Based Education     101
Toward a Broader Educational Vision     103
Black History Education and Collective Racial Consciousness     106
Conclusion     108
The Freedom to Learn: Liberation and Education for the World Community, 1940-1963     109
The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement     111
The Coming of the Cold War     111
The Decline of Progressive Education and the Rise of the Cold War     112
Du Bois and the Coming of the Modern Civil Rights Movement     113
From Brown v. Board and King to Ghana     115
Septima Clark: Echoes of a Du Boisian Pedagogy     119
Conclusion     121
Education for Liberation     122
Freedom to Learn, Critical Thinking, and Basic Skills     122
From the Talented Tenth to the Guiding Hundredth     127
Afrocentric, Pan-African, and Global Education     129
Education in The Black Flame     132
Conclusion     135
Conclusion: Du Bois's Legacy for the Education of African Peoples and the World Community     137
Du Bois's Legacy for African American Education     137
A Du Boisian Vision     143
Notes     145
Selected Bibliography     173
Index     181
About the Author     190
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