Click on title to link to "Wikipedia"'s entry for the pioneer black scholar W.E.B. Dubois. No academic study of black history is complete without a nod to his work.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
More on W.E.B. Du Bois
This blog has always had a soft spot for W.E.B. Du Bois, so Lenin's Tomb's long review of The End of Empires: African Americans and India by Gerald Horne was most welcome. Some issues of The Crisis, the journal of the NAACP that Du Bois founded and edited for a long period, seem to be available online - which is also nice.
posted by Snowball @ 11:57 AM
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As some of you may know, in the early 1960s (if not before) the American Communist Party's youth work was carried out under the banner of the W.E.B. Dubois Clubs. That is where I first ran into 'communists', although I was no more than a garden-variety very softly pro-communist left liberal at the time. Since then Dubois' name has been associated with serious study of black history, Pan-Africianism, black nationalism, and black scholarship. His "The Souls Of Black Folk" and "Black Reconstruction" are still, to my mind, required reading for all serious radicals and revolutionaries. But here is where everything comes together. My first exposure to Dubois' work was his sympathetic biography of the revolutionary abolitionist, John Brown. Brown/Dubois-now you know why I gravitated to Dubois' work in a big way.