Education and Empowerment: The Essential Wirtings of W.E.B. Du Bois

Education and Empowerment: The Essential Wirtings of W.E.B. Du Bois


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W.E.B. Du Bois' role as a contributor to educational thought was ignored throughout his lifetime and has been sparsely considered in the fifty years after his death. Many of the twenty-four writings contained here have not been viewed in the context of Du Bois' educational thought. This selection of Du Bois' writings is divided into three sections. The first section contains the writings of an adolescent Du Bois, who even at the age of fifteen, had the vision to encourage the people of his hometown to engage in literacy activities and to increase their political awareness. The second section contains the works that led to Du Bois earning his Harvard doctorate, including a tersely worded letter to former President Rutherford B. Hayes when it appeared that Du Bois might have initially been denied a fellowship. The third section includes writings where Du Bois assumed a more combative posture, but in doing so displayed the fire and passion that made him a most influential, although ignored, educational thinker. These writings demonstrate that Du Bois was not an incidental thinker about education-he was a cornerstone contributor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601820464
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 12/16/2013
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,194,083
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) was an African-American sociologist, civil rights activist, and author. He was one of the founding members of the NAACP, and he is well-known for believing on full civil rights and disagreeing with Booker T. Washington’s argument that blacks remain subservient. His most famous book, The Souls of Black Folk, defines the term "double-consciousness" and remains a cornerstone of African-American literature.

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