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W.E.B. Du Bois : biography of a race, 1868-1919, David Levering Lewis

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W.E.B. Du Bois : biography of a race, 1868-1919
Title
W.E.B. Du Bois
Title remainder
biography of a race, 1868-1919
Statement of responsibility
David Levering Lewis
Title variation
  • W.E.B DuBois
  • WEB DuBois
Title variation remainder
  • biography of a race, 1868-1919
  • biography of a race, 1868-1919
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The author presents a biography of civil rights movement leader W.E.B. Du Bois, concentrating on the early and middle years of his long and intense career
Award
  • BCALA Literary Award for Nonfiction, 1994.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2000.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 1994.
Review
  • Author, activist, founder of the NAACP, and scholar, Du Bois (1868-1963) stands as one of the dominant figures of the 20th century. While other biographers have offered parts of the legend, Lewis, a professor at Rutgers University and the author of When Harlem Was in Vogue (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1989), presents a whole.He has deftly plumbed the life and works of Du Bois during the first half of his life, fixing them in an ideological landscape that yields new perspectives onDu Bois's character and the composition and meaning of his writings. In lustrous prose that relies on masterful, exhaustive research, Lewis offers a penetrating psychological examination that reveals the contradictions, paradoxes, andpsychosexual energies of a virtually fatherless, self-created intellectual battling despair and self-doubt while confronting how the world was thinking about race. This treasure belongs in every collection. Highly recommended. See also ``W.E.B. Du Bois: A Century of Conscience,'' LJ 8/93, p. 122-123, and ``African Americans in the Spotlight,'' p. 118-124, this issue; previewedin Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/93.--Ed.-- Thomas J. Davis, Univ. at Buffalo, N.Y.
  • /* Starred Review */ William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) has finally found a Boswell worthy of his achievements as an African-American reformer who fought for human rights in the US and the wider world. In the first part of a projected two-volume biography, Rutgers history professor Lewis (The Race to Fashoda, 1988, etc.) offers a detailed chronicle that puts the eventful origins of a towering figure clearly in the perspective of his troubled times. Born in western Massachusetts less than three years after the abolition of slavery, Du Bois managed to earn a doctorate in history from Harvard. After graduating, he pursued one of the few careers open to educated blacks, that of teaching--at Atlanta University and other institutions. Meanwhile, he published pioneering sociological studies (The Philadelphia Negro, etc.), arranged symposiums, and helped found the Niagara Movement--an all- black group that in 1909 joined forces with liberal whites to form the NAACP. Du Bois left academe to become the NAACP's director of research and publicity as well as editor of its influential magazine, The Crisis. From this bully pulpit, he battled for racial justice; conducted intellectual inquiries (among other matters, on the talented-tenth theory); critiqued the views of rivals like Booker T. Washington ("the great accommodator"); and otherwise played to the hilt the role of outside agitator (he was active in the Pan-African cause as well). Here, he's last seen after a post- WW I congress that called for direct League of Nations supervision of German colonies in Africa, as he himself returns to a society that brutally and methodically excluded "his people from meaningful citizenship...." A masterly appreciation of a great man's intellectual development and singular service in a righteous crusade. (Thirty- two pages of photographs--not seen) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1993)
Awards note
Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2001.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
153442
Cataloging source
CPE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis, David Levering
Dewey number
  • 973/.0496073/0092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.D73
LC item number
L48 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Du Bois, W. E. B.
  • Du Bois, W. E. B.
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • United States
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
biography of a race, 1868-1919
Label
W.E.B. Du Bois : biography of a race, 1868-1919, David Levering Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A John MacRae book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 581-708) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Postlude to the future -- Mary Silvina's Great Barrington -- Berkshire prodigy -- The age of miracles : Fisk and Josie's world -- The age of miracles : "at but not of Harvard" -- Lehrjahre -- Wilberforce : book mentor, marriage -- From Philadelphia to Atlanta -- Social science, ambition, and Tuskegee -- Clashing temperaments -- The souls of Black folk -- Going over Niagara : Du Bois and Washington -- Atlanta : scholar behind the veil -- NAACP : the beginning -- Rise of the crisis, decline of the wizard -- Connections at home and abroad -- Crises at The Crisis -- The perpetual drama -- "The wounded world."
Control code
ocm47998968
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
735 pages
Isbn
9780805026214
Lccn
93016617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)47998968
Label
W.E.B. Du Bois : biography of a race, 1868-1919, David Levering Lewis
Publication
Note
"A John MacRae book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 581-708) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Postlude to the future -- Mary Silvina's Great Barrington -- Berkshire prodigy -- The age of miracles : Fisk and Josie's world -- The age of miracles : "at but not of Harvard" -- Lehrjahre -- Wilberforce : book mentor, marriage -- From Philadelphia to Atlanta -- Social science, ambition, and Tuskegee -- Clashing temperaments -- The souls of Black folk -- Going over Niagara : Du Bois and Washington -- Atlanta : scholar behind the veil -- NAACP : the beginning -- Rise of the crisis, decline of the wizard -- Connections at home and abroad -- Crises at The Crisis -- The perpetual drama -- "The wounded world."
Control code
ocm47998968
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
735 pages
Isbn
9780805026214
Lccn
93016617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)47998968

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