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

Overview

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was one of the leading public figures of his time—an African American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author, and editor. He organized, protested, laid out programs, petitioned, and raised questions of long-term strategy and short-term tactics. He also wrote numerous books and articles and was a commanding speaker and a prodigious correspondent.

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Overview

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was one of the leading public figures of his time—an African American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author, and editor. He organized, protested, laid out programs, petitioned, and raised questions of long-term strategy and short-term tactics. He also wrote numerous books and articles and was a commanding speaker and a prodigious correspondent.

Meyer Weinberg created The World of W.E.B. Du Bois to provide a short journey through Du Bois's views on virtually all aspects of twentieth-century life. More than one thousand quotations from his published writings and correspondence are included, arranged into twenty topical chapters. Each quotation begins with a heading designed to summarize its main theme. A subject index provides additional access to the ideas of this complex figure.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The major thoughts, ideas, predictions, and judgments from DuBois's voluminous published and unpublished writings have been selected, arranged, classified, and indexed in this work.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 introductory overview of the life of this controversial educator, journalist, and civil rights leader, quotations are grouped under 20 broad chapters, e.g., working class, politics, and racism, then alphabetically arranged under relevant headings. Quotations in "War and Peace,'' for example, range from "armament'' to "World War II.'' While most quotes deal with the situation of African Americans, DuBois's observations over seven decades embody a broad range of social issues. Most selections adequately convey DuBois's opinions; however, as they are taken out of context, a few may leave the reader bewildered as to their intent and/or relevance. Fortunately, the original sources of all quotes are meticulously cited. This compilation by an emeritus black studies academician is recommended for race relations and intellectual history collections.-- Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Booknews
Du Bois (1868-1963) was one of the most prolific visionaries in 20th- century America, and yet it was not until the 1980s that his complete writings became available. Given the breadth of his interests, this volume was created to provide a relatively short journey through his views on virtually all aspects of 20th-century life. Some 1,000 quotations are provided, grouped into 20 subject areas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558499904
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,385,539
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Meyer Weinberg, who died in 2002, was the author or editor of eighteen books, including A Short History of American Capitalism. He was the founder and first director of the Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies. John H. Bracey Jr. is a professor in the same department.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Through a Personal Prism

The Trouble I've Seen

Mother Africa

Education

Racism

Working Class

Forced Labor

Ruling and Other Classes

Women

Ideals and Realities

Literature

Reform, Radicalism, and Revolution

Christianity

Jews

White People

World Economy and Politics

War and Peace

Some Other Countries

Politics

General

References

Index

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