Major Works
by W. E. B. Dubois

John Brown

From the Publisher:
This new edition of Du Bois's John Brown includes the text of the original 1909 edition and is accompanied by a major introduction that underscores Du Bois's intellectual and emotional debt to the martyred abolitionist. John David Smith's introduction asks new questions about Brown's influence on Du Bois's emerging thoughts on race and society. Smith also provides contextualizing documents, including letters from Brown to his family and Frederick Douglass's account of his last meeting with Brown.

As John David Smith makes clear in his helpful introduction, this emotional biography, while insightful regarding Brown, is just as valuable for what it reveals about Du Bois's own evolving ideology, particularly his thoughts about race, class, and imperialism around the time of the founding of the NAACP. Teachers of African American history and pre-Civil War U.S. history might well want to consider exposing their students to this provocative publication—one certain to provoke considerable debate and thought among their students.
 — (Robert E. May, Purdue University)

Du Bois' John Brown is a classic of American biography. It is good to have it available for students and scholars, once again.
 — (Eric Foner, Columbia University)

Autobiography of W. E. B. Dubois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century

The Souls of Black Folks

From AudioFile:
Du Bois's classic, first published in 1903, is read with sensitivity and insight by Warren Hazlett. As the author writes of the condition of blacks in the United States, the influence of leaders such as Booker T. Washington, and the meanings of black music, which he calls "sorrow songs," the listener will be struck by how many of his observations still resonate in the new millennium. Hazlett narrates with strength and nuance, and the immediacy of his style brings the book to life. His phrasing and intonations are always appropriate to the text, expressing the shade of emotion needed. Those who might find the text difficult to stay with--or who might never have attempted to read the book--should be drawn along with the narrative, thanks to Hazlett's skill. M.A.M. AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

W. E. B. DuBois on Sociology and the Black Community

Book Description:
Historian, journalist, educator, and civil rights advocate W. E. B. Du Bois was perhaps most accomplished as a sociologist of race relations and of the black community in the United States. This volume collects his most important sociological writings from 1898 to 1910. The eighteen selections include five on Du Bois's conception of sociology and sociological research, especially as a tool in the struggle for racial justice; excerpts from studies of black communities in the South and the North, including The Philadelphia Negro; writings on black culture and social life, with a selection from The Negro American Family; and later works on race relations in the United States and elsewhere after World War II. This section includes a powerful fiftieth-anniversary reassessment of his classic 1901 article in the Atlantic in which he predicted that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line."

W. E. B. DuBois: Writings


W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and its Legacy

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