W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 / Edition 1

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 / Edition 1

by David Levering Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805068139

ISBN-13: 2900805068138

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900805068138
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
752

Table of Contents

1The Reason Why1
2Du Bois and Garvey: Two "Pan-Africas"37
3On Being Crazy and Somewhat Devious85
4Rearranging Ethiopia Abroad and at Home118
5Civil Rights by Copyright153
6Bolsheviks and Dark Princesses183
7The Possibility of Democracy in America229
8Holding on, Amorously and Angrily266
9A New Racial Philosophy302
10Atlanta: Black Reconstruction and Casanova Unbound349
11Dictatorships Compared: Germany, Russia, China, Japan388
12Atlanta: the Politics of Knowledge422
13Atlanta: Soldiering on454
14Against the Grain: From the NAACP to the Far Left496
15Exeunt554
Persons Interviewed573
Notes575
Index689

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