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W.E.B. Dem Bois in The Invisible Man

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Transcript of W.E.B. Dem Bois in The Invisible Man

W.E.B. DuBois in
The Invisible Man

Mary Margaret, Lindsay, Morgan, Tim & Riley
The Life and Times of W.E.B. Dem Bois
DuBois was born on February 23rd, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. As a child he simply identified himself as "Mulatto". Great Barrington was a mostly European American town so DuBois received enthusiastic support of his writing and education as a child. He received his bachelor's from Fisk University was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard and spent some time abroad studying in Berlin. He was a prominent spokesperson for African American civil rights and was a co founder of the NAACP, DuBois's first case study was, "The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study". It highlighted the rise of African Americans taking leadership roles. He received a job at the Atlanta University. He became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement by publicly opposing Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Compromise"; DuBois opposed it because it didn't provide equality among African American's as promised in the 14th Amendment. In 1903 He published his a seminal work titled, "The Souls of Black Folks". It was a collection of 14 essays condemning the idea of white people being biological superior. He went on to organize multiple Pan-African Congresses to Free Africans in European colonies. W.E.B. Du Bois died on August 27th, 1963, the day before Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. He was 95 and was working on an encyclopedia in Accra, Ghana.
Education
"Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men."

DuBois attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN, where he first encountered Jim Crow laws which sparked his interest in pan-Africanism. After earning his bachelor's degree in Nashville, he went on to become the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. After this, he enrolled as a doctoral student at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, a university in Berlin, Germany.
Invisible Man Parallels
DuBois believes in the ability of an individual to rise in social ranks. He believes it is determined by drive and passion. In
Invisible Man
, Ellison writes a story largely based on the caste system in which a person is born into the place they will stay.
DuBois's view on socialism is for all races to join together, as symbolized by the Brotherhood. The blacks and whites working together to aim for the progression of civil rights. Ellison may have been criticizing DuBois when the Brotherhood's attempts ended up encouraging violence.
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