W.E.B. Du Bois shaped 20th century America to an extent rivaled by few others. The first black to receive a Ph. D. from Harvard, he helped create the discipline of sociology and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Martin Luther King, Jr. called Du Bois "a gifted discoverer of social truths." But until now little academic attention has been paid to his insights on religion or to how religious commitments shaped his views of race, rights and justice. Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois's writings on religion, and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion. Du Bois on Religion includes selections from his well-known works such as The Souls of Black Folks to poems, prayers, stories and speeches less widely available. Brief, helpful introductions preface each of the twenty-six selections. Also, a general introduction traces Du Bois's move from church-attending Christian to relentless critic of religion and evaluates Du Bois's contributions to the study of religion. Du Bois on Religion is an important text for sociologists or for anyone interested in the history of race and religion in the United States.
Phil Zuckerman is also the author of Strife in the Sanctuary (AltaMira Press, 1999). He is currently a professor of sociology at Pitzer College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. The Problem of Amusement Chapter 3 3. The Philadelphia Negro Chapter 4 4. Credo Chapter 5 5. The Negro Chruch Chapter 6 6. Of the Faith of the Fathers Chapter 7 7. Of Alexander Crummel Chapter 8 8.A Litany in Atlanta Chapter 9 9. Religion in the South Chapter 10 10. Jesus Christ in Georgia Chapter 11 11. The Church and the Negro Chapter 12 12. The Burden of Black Women Chapter 13 13. Jesus Christ in Baltimore Chapter 14 14. Easter Chapter 15 15. The Negro Church Chapter 16 16. The White Christ Chapter 17 17. The Gospel According to Mary Brown Chapter 18 18. The Second Coming Chapter 19 19. The Prayers of God Chapter 20 20. A Hymn to the Peoples Chapter 21 21. Pontius Pilate Chapter 22 22. The Gift of the Spirit Chapter 23 23. The Color Line and the Church Chapter 24 24. Will the Church Remove the Color Line? Chapter 25 25. The Son of God Chapter 26 26. Jacob and Esau Chapter 27 27. The Negro Church and the Warsaw Ghetto