W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet / Edition 1

W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet / Edition 1

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by Edward J. Blum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812240103

ISBN-13: 9780812240108

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Pioneering historian, sociologist, editor, novelist, poet, and organizer, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the foremost African American intellectuals of the twentieth century. While Du Bois is remembered for his monumental contributions to scholarship and civil rights activism, the spiritual aspects of his work have been misunderstood, even negated. W.E.B. Du Bois,

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Pioneering historian, sociologist, editor, novelist, poet, and organizer, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the foremost African American intellectuals of the twentieth century. While Du Bois is remembered for his monumental contributions to scholarship and civil rights activism, the spiritual aspects of his work have been misunderstood, even negated. W.E.B. Du Bois, American Prophet, the first religious biography of this leader, illuminates the spirituality that is essential to understanding his efforts and achievements in the political and intellectual world.

Historian Edward J. Blum reveals how spirituality was central to Du Bois's approach to Marxism, pan-Africanism, and nuclear disarmament, his support for black churches, and his reckoning of the spiritual wage of white supremacy. His writings, teachings, and prayers served as articles of faith for fellow activists of his day, from student book club members to Langston Hughes. A blend of history, sociology, literary criticism, and religious reflection in the model of Du Bois's best work, W.E.B. Du Bois, American Prophet recasts the life of this great visionary and intellectual for a new generation of scholars and activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812240108
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Politics and Culture in Modern America Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking W. E. B. Du Bois, Rethinking Religion and Race 3

Chapter 1 The Hero with a Black Face: Autobiography and the Mythology of Self 20

Chapter 2 Race as Cosmic Sight in The Souls of Black Folk 61

Chapter 3 A Dark Monk Who Wrote History and Sociology: The Spiritual Wage of Whiteness, the Black Church, and Mystical Africa 98

Chapter 4 Black Messiahs and Murderous Whites: Violence and Faith in Literary Expression 134

Chapter 5 Christ Was a Communist: Religion for an Aging Leftist 181

Epilogue: The Passing of the Prophet 211

Notes 223

Index 257

Acknowledgments 271

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W. E. B. Dubois, American Prophet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
- I was assigned this book for a history class and was honestly not looking forward to reading it because most of the books about Du Bois are about politics and hard to read. I was pleasantly surprised with this book because Blum takes a different approach to the Du Bois story. Blum argues that Du Bois was actually religious, which is contrary to what other authors have written about him. The Souls of Black Folk is an important piece to look at when studying Du Bois and this book made me see the controversies the piece was attacking and the debates that came because of the piece. This is not an easy or quick read, but the information inside makes it a worthwhile read.
daniloveshist442 More than 1 year ago
Written by a great History professor, this book takes you through the life of W.E.B. Du Bois to enlighten the reader of views of one very influential man in America. Du Bois is an individual who every American should become acquainted with. A must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Professor Edward Blum from San Diego State University writes from a different view about the life of W.E.B. Du Bois. Most historians write about Du Bois and his politics but never about his opinions and views on religion. Many historians even believe that Du Boise did not believe in a religion. However Professor Blum goes against the grain and writes about Du Bois in the context of religion and how he actually used it in many of his works. He also writes about Du Bois¿s many accomplishments including the NAACP and other organizations he helped to put together. Blum shows another side of the famous W.E.B. Du Bois that many historians overlook.
BPottsBP More than 1 year ago
Professor Blum has an extremely different perception on the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois. While most historians consider Du Bois to be one of the more important men in recent African American history, they usually choose to neglect his religious side. Blum is able to shed light upon this subject that was overlooked for so long. This book highlights how Du Bois was deeply influenced by religion, and that most of his social decisions reflected this. Other than the religious aspect, Blum does a terrific job of idolizing this racial reformer. From the Talented Tenth to Du Bois¿ African American economic thoughts, American Prophet does a great job of summarizing the life of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edward Blum takes a semi well known figure and tells you the whole story of his life. Although he is taught about in many high school history classes, it is very little and you never get the whole story. Blum takes the life of the man who helped African-Americans and tells you everything he went through as a child and throughout his adult life. This book will help any student truly understand Du Bois and allow you to see that despite popular belief he is not atheist and used religion to help him fight for racial equality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book because Edward Blum brings a different perspective on Du Bois. Historians are quick to say that Du Bois never had religion and possibly he was a Atheist. Blum show that Du Bois was actually religious and was fighting the injustice brought on by race. Before you judge Du Bois read this book and get the facts right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My professor from my HIST 442 class made the whole class by this book because he wrote it...-_____-...this book is about W.E.B. Du Bois and his influence on society. Personally I think this book is boring and sucks...I'm not interested in this kind of history....I rather read about Kings killing each other or being betrayed by their friends...hahahaha
civilwargirl More than 1 year ago
Edward Blum uncovers the religious context in the life and writings of W. E. B. Du Bois. Often labeled an atheist by historians, Du Bois was a deeply spiritually man as evidenced by his writings. This is not a traditionally biography of Du Bois, rather this is a religious biography highlighting on the main themes of Du Bois writings. In the end the reader will come to respect Du Bois for his deeply moving words and his intelligence. Though there are aspects of Du Bois political beliefs that to me are unappealing. In the end W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet is required reading to better understand this complex man
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Web Dubois was a highly respected man, but a misunderstood man at that. Many historians believe him to be of irreligious manner, but Blum followed the facts and gave light on Du Bois¿ never seizing faith. . The novel focuses on the details of Du Bois¿ works and the direct correlation of religion throughout his entire life. I found the novel very interesting and easy to read. I highly recommend for those interested in learning about a man who had such great impact on out society today, even decades after passing, a man whose ideas are still practiced. Hearing of Du Bois¿ compassion for people and making a change ,this novel is inspiring and influential.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edward J. Blum's book displays his great devotion and scholarly dedication to bringing Du Bois's spirit alive for a new generation to discover. Readers should not ignore this book because it opens a window to reveal a man who is too often misconstrued. This book exposes truths not find in history textbooks.