W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat

W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat

by Manning Marable, W.E.B. Dubois
     
 

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Distinguished historian and social activist Manning Marable's book, W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat, brings out the interconnections, unity, and consistency of W. E. B. Du Bois's life and writings. Marable covers Du Bois's disputes with Booker T. Washington, his founding of the NAACP, his work as a social scientist, his life as a popular figure, and his…  See more details below

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Distinguished historian and social activist Manning Marable's book, W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat, brings out the interconnections, unity, and consistency of W. E. B. Du Bois's life and writings. Marable covers Du Bois's disputes with Booker T. Washington, his founding of the NAACP, his work as a social scientist, his life as a popular figure, and his involvement in politics, placing them into the context of Du Bois's views on black pride, equality, and cultural diversity. Marable stresses that, as a radical democrat, Du Bois viewed the problems of racism as intimately connected with capitalism. The publication of this updated edition follows more than one hundred celebrations recently marking the 100th anniversary of Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk. Marable broadens earlier biographies with a new introduction highlighting Du Bois's less-known advocacy of women's suffrage, socialism, and peace and he traces his legacy to today in an era of changing racial and social conditions.

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Library Journal
Marable's excellent study focuses on the social thought of a major black American thinker who exhibited a ``basic coherence and unity'' throughout a multifaceted career stressing cultural pluralism, opposition to social inequality, and black pride. Marable characterizes DuBoisa critic of Booker T. Washington and a founder of the NAACPas a social scientist drawn ``reluctantly'' to politics, which was ``inseparable in his mind from moral imperatives.'' A radical democrat who believed democracy inevitably led to socialism, DuBois linked racism to capitalism. Consequently, Marable views DuBois's controversial decision to join the Communist Party as consistent with his political development. A valuable and useful study recommended for academic and public libraries. John R. Sillito, Weber State Coll. Lib., Ogden, Utah

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805777505
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Series:
Twayne's Twentieth Century American Biography Series, #3
Pages:
304

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Manning Marable is Professor of Public Affairs, History and African-American Studies, and Director for the Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University.

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