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W.E.B. Du Bois
Transcript of W.E.B. Du Bois
"Being a problem is a strange experience."
W. E. B. Du Bois
Du Bois wrote, The Souls of Black Folk, a collection of essays.
Terms to Know:
1. Uplift literature -- showed how one could overcome injustices and prosper
2. Institutionalized racism --oppression based on inequity in education, labor, government, and criminal correction.
3. Double consciousness -- awarenesss of how perceived by white society and how this was at odds with reality.
"I was shut out from their world by a vast veil . . . always looking at . . . self through the eyes of others." Du Bois
"The Problem of the Twentieth Century if the problem of the color line. "
W. E. B. Du Bois
First African-American to receive a Ph.D. from
He helped found the NAACP, and
The Crisis magazine.
"What shall save us from national decadence? Education will set this tangle straight."
Du Bois sees a need for industrial and trade schools, a public school system, and universities. He writes,"No secure civilization can be built with the Negro as an ignorant, turbulent proletariat."
"The foundations of knowledge in this race must be sunk deep in the college and university."
"The question of the future is how best to keep these millions from brooding over the wrongs of the past and the difficulties of the present , so that energies are built toward cooperation with their white neighbors toward a larger, juster, and fuller future" -- Du Bois
I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas . . .wed with truth, I dwell above the veil." -- Du Bois