W.E.B. Du Bois

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Carrying W.E.B. Du Bois from his birth in Massachusetts in 1868 to his death in Ghana in 1963, this concise encyclopedia covers all of the highlights of his life—his studying at Fisk, Harvard, and Berlin, his tiff with Booker T. Washington, his role with the NAACP and Pan-Africanism, his writings, his globe trotting, and his exile in Ghana. With contributions by leading scholars and a foreword by David Levering Lewis, the book provides a complete overview of Du Bois's life. Featuring the highlights of his life, the events and personalities that influenced him, his intellectual contributions, and his activism, this book provides a complete understanding of this highly influential intellectual activist.

With the conclusion of the Cold War, there is the opportunity to obtain a fuller, more complete understanding of Du Bois' entire life. Providing full coverage of his latter crucial years—often ignored in earlier works—this book provides the latest scholarly insights, including a major entry by prizewinning scholar Brenda Gayle Plummer.

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As multifaceted as the man himself, this first encyclopedic treatment of the 20th-century writer, scholar, and activist references events, people, places, themes, issues, cultural products, and organizations from Du Bois's life (1868-1963), which spanned three continents. Arranged alphabetically and signed by highly recognized scholars, the 137 substantial entries range broadly, covering Du Bois's involvement in literature, U.S. and world politics, journalism, education, and the arts. Included is the esoteric four-page "Encyclopedia Projects," which features a less-significant aspect of Du Bois's life. The entries are sandwiched between a foreword, brief preface, introduction, and chronology in the beginning and a subject bibliography, list of contributors, and index at the end. The bibliography also includes a section for web sites on Du Bois, Pan Africanism, and his classic The Souls of Black Folk. Noted Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis wrote the foreword, while Horne (Race Woman) and Young (director of black studies, Berea Coll.) coedited the volume. All students and scholars looking for information on Du Bois will appreciate this resource. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. Sherri L. Barnes, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Comprises an encyclopedia of the important people, concepts, events, organizations, and philosophies with which historian, journalist, and political activist W.E.B. DuBois was involved during his 95-year lifetime. Each entry includes suggested further reading. Includes a foreword by Rutgers University professor David Lewis; a chronology; and a selected bibliography. Contributors include professors of American studies, history, political science, African studies, ethnic studies, and other fields, as well as numerous graduate students and independent scholars in those fields. Includes a number of b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313296659
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD HORNE is Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong and the author or editor of a number of books.

MARY YOUNG is Associate Professor of Black Studies and Literature and Director of Black Studies at Berea College.

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