B. Du Bois

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W.E.B. Du Bois, the cofounder of the NAACP and the leader of the Niagara Movement, which pursued equal rights for blacks, once said“The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, -- this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost... He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American...” The enslavement of African American’s well through the 17th marks the struggles that African Americans have endured throughout their history. Despite being abolished by the 13th amendment slavery still existed through new means of forced labor that quickly arose after the civil war. Furthermore, despite being American citizens African Americans still endured segregation and discrimination that was legalized and regulated by the state. Additionally African American woman endured worse experiences as they not only had to face racism and discrimination but also encountered sexism and suppression by men which ultimately led to the lowest position on the social hierarchy. Furthermore after the Civil War and Reconstruction, African Americans, although freed from slavery, still suffered from racial segregation as a result of the implementation of the Jim Crow laws which were backed by the state. Evidently this resulted in the increased suppression of African American women who along with racism and segregation, also endured sexism and…

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