W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 / Edition 1by David Levering Lewis
Pub. Date: 09/28/2001
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
In this final, magisterial volume, fifteen years in the research and writing, the Pulitzer Prize -- winning biographer David Levering Lewis stunningly re-creates the second half of W.E.B. Du Bois's charged and brilliant career. Beginning with the return of World War I African-American veterans to the riots and lynchings of the "Red Summer" of 1919 and ending with Du… See more details below
In this final, magisterial volume, fifteen years in the research and writing, the Pulitzer Prize -- winning biographer David Levering Lewis stunningly re-creates the second half of W.E.B. Du Bois's charged and brilliant career. Beginning with the return of World War I African-American veterans to the riots and lynchings of the "Red Summer" of 1919 and ending with Du Bois's self-imposed exile and death in Ghana forty-four years later, Lewis charts the dramatic evolution of the premier architect of the Civil Rights movement from Talented Tenth elitist to internationalist and proponent of economic as well as racial democracy for all people of color. Based on original research on three continents, this richly detailed volume of history alters our understanding of the culture and politics of race in the twentieth century.
Lewis chronicles the titanic struggle between Du Bois and Marcus Garvey's "back to Africa" movement, and interprets the Harlem Renaissance as a civil rights enterprise masquerading as an arts movement that Du Bois, a movement impresario, soon renounced in search of economic solutions to the race problem. After inspiring millions of black and white readers through the NAACP journal, The Crisis, Du Bois left the NAACP in a firestorm of controversy to pursue a politically risky course that took him inside Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, China, and Japan as the major geopolitics of the American Century were taking shape. Leaving mainstream historians to absorb the seismic impact of his 1935 masterpiece, Black Reconstruction in America, Du Bois looked increasingly to socialism in his search for race solutions after a postwar return to the NAACP that ended with his embrace of the Progressive Party politics of Henry Wallace, a deepening friendship with Paul Robeson, and an expanding circle of friends on the left. Federal indictment as a foreign agent and humiliation followed but failed to silence the prescient voice that would come to inspire new generations with its genius. Had he died at fifty, the great contrarian said that he would have been acclaimed. "At seventy-five my death was practically requested."
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Table of Contents
|1||The Reason Why||1|
|2||Du Bois and Garvey: Two "Pan-Africas"||37|
|3||On Being Crazy and Somewhat Devious||85|
|4||Rearranging Ethiopia Abroad and at Home||118|
|5||Civil Rights by Copyright||153|
|6||Bolsheviks and Dark Princesses||183|
|7||The Possibility of Democracy in America||229|
|8||Holding on, Amorously and Angrily||266|
|9||A New Racial Philosophy||302|
|10||Atlanta: Black Reconstruction and Casanova Unbound||349|
|11||Dictatorships Compared: Germany, Russia, China, Japan||388|
|12||Atlanta: the Politics of Knowledge||422|
|13||Atlanta: Soldiering on||454|
|14||Against the Grain: From the NAACP to the Far Left||496|
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