THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK is a pioneering work of African-American studies and sociology by leading civil rights activist and historian W.E.B. DuBois. Consisting of a series of essays, the work was one of the earliest and most influential to give voice to the struggle for African-American civil rights in the United States. Among his other points, DuBois argues against negative stereotypes of the black community, instead contending that racism was largely to blame for crime and indolence. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK also challenges Booker T. Washington's notion of racial compromise and industrial education, instead calling for widespread classical education to empower black leaders.
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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, Ph.D. (1868-1963) was an American civil rights advocate, sociologist, editor, and historian. Born in Massachusetts to a long-established Free Black family, Du Bois experienced little racism as a child. This changed after his decision to attend Fisk University in Nashville, where he encountered Jim Crow laws, racism, and lynching for the first time. Following his education in the South, Du Bois attended Harvard, becoming the first black recipient of a Ph.D. from that institution. He was a member of the Niagara Movement and a founder of the NAACP in 1909. In his later years, Du Bois supported Marxist ideology and emigrated to newly-independent Ghana in the early 1960s, where he died in 1963.
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