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The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois Reader

Edited by Eric J. Sundquist

Publication Date - March 1996

ISBN: 9780195091786

688 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $109.99


The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois Reader encompasses the whole of Du Bois's long and multifaceted writing career, from the 1890s through the early 1960s. The volume selects key essays and longer works that portray the range of Du Bois's thought on such subjects as African American culture, the politics and sociology of American race relations, art and music, black leadership, gender and women's rights, Pan-Africanism and anti-colonialism, and Communism in the U.S. and abroad.
Chronologically, the volume stretches from definitive early essays such as "The Conservation of Races" to later works such as "Africa and World Peace" and "Gandhi and the American Negro." Du Bois's most famous book, The Souls of Black Folk (1903), and his landmark work on colonialism, Darkwater (1920), which contains many of his best-known shorter essays, such as "The African Roots of the War," "On Being Black," and "The Burden of Black Women," are both printed in their entirety. Key chapters drawn from full-length studies, including The Philadelphia Negro, The Gift of Black Folk, Black Reconstruction, Dusk of Dawn, The World and Africa, In Battle for Peace, and Du Bois's posthumous autobiography are supplemented by dozens of shorter essays covering topics in literature, education, African politics, urban studies, and American foreign policy. Individual essays and selections from longer works also illustrate Du Bois's skillful biographical studies of historical figures such as Toussaint L'Ouverture, Phillis Wheatley, Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown, as well as contemporaries like Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, Paul Robeson, and Joseph Stalin. Supplemented by an extensive critical introduction and headnotes to major works and topics, theOxford Reader offers the most extensive compilation of Du Bois's writings now available.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Autobiography of Race
    1. Concepts of Race
    The Conservation of Races (1897)
    The Present Outlook for the Dark Races of Mankind (1900)
    The Song of the Smoke (1907)
    The First Universal Races Congress (1911)
    In Black (1920)
    The Superior Race (1923)
    On Being Crazy (1923)
    The Name "Negro" (1928)
    On Being Ashamed of Oneself (1933)
    The Concept of Race (1940)
    2. The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
    3. Representative Men
    Jefferson Davis as a Representative of Civilization (1890)
    Booker T. Washington (1901)
    Abraham Lincoln (1907)
    John Brown (1909)
    Charles Young (1922)
    Marcus Garvey (1923)
    Robert E. Lee (1928)
    A Portrait of Carter G. Woodson (1950)
    Paul Robeson (1950)
    Joseph Stalin (1953)
    Kwame Nkrumah (1957)
    Gandhi and The American Negroes (1957)
    Toussaint L'Ouverture (1961)
    4. Literature and Art
    On The Souls of Black Folk (1904)
    The Star of Ethiopia (1913)
    Negro Art (1921)
    Negro Art and Literature (1924)
    Criteria of Negro Art (1926)
    Phillis Wheatley and African American Culture (1941)
    The Humor of Negroes (1942)
    5. Politics, Economics, and Education
    What Is the Negro Problem? (1899)
    The Training of Negroes for Social Power (1903)
    The Future of the Negro Race in America (1904)
    The Niagara Movement (1906)
    Triumph (1911)
    Woman Suffrage (1915)
    Awake America (1917)
    Returning Soldiers (1919)
    The Social Equality of Whites and Blacks (1920)
    Americanization (1922)
    The Shape of Fear (1926)
    Cultural Equality (1928)
    The Negro and Communism (1931)
    The Field and Function of the American Negro College (1933)
    Does the Negro Need Separate Schools? (1935)
    A Negro Nation within the Nation (1935)
    The Propaganda of History (1935)
    An Appeal to the World (1946)
    The Case for the Jews (1948)
    I Take My Stand for Peace (1951)
    The Negro and the Warsaw Ghetto (1952)
    China (1959)
    6. Darkwater (1920)
    7. Africa and Colonialism
    To the Nations of the World (1900)
    A Day in Africa (1908)
    Africa and the Slave Trade (1915)
    Africa, Colonialism, and Zionism (1919)
    Manifesto of the Second Pan-African Congress (1921)
    Little Portraits of Africa (1924)
    What Is Civilization? (1925)
    The Realities in Africa (1943)
    The Future of Africa (1958)
    Whites in Africa after Negro Autonomy (1962)

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