Harlem Renaissance: W.E.B. Du Bois.

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Harlem Renaissance: W.E.B. Du Bois. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a major sociologist historian, writer, editor, political activist, and cofounder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During the Harlem renaissance and through his editorship of crisis magazine, he actively sought and presented the literary genius of black writers for the entire world to acknowledge and honor (Gale schools, 2004). Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in great Barrington Massachusetts. His father was a former civil war soldier who left the family for was when his son Do bois was still a toddler. His mother, Mary Silvina Burghardt Du Bois, died in 1884, shortly after her son graduated at the top of his class from…show more content…
The history of the black race in Africa and America was documented in Black Folk, Then and Now: An Essay in the History and Sociology of the Negro Race. Echoing in the Saturday Review of Literature, H. J. Seligmann noted that nobody can neglect the role of the blacks in the making of the world history. Another compliment was made by Barrett Williams. In the Boston Transcript, Williams pointed out that Professor Du Bois had overlooked one of the strongest arguments against racial discrimination. In it, a man of color has proved himself, in the complex and exacting field of scholarship, the full equal of his white colleagues (Gale schools, 2004). Du Bois gradually grew disillusioned with the policies of the NAACP and with the capitalistic system in the United States. When he advocated black autonomy and non-discriminatory segregation in 1934, he was forced to resign from his job at the NAACP. Later he returned to the NAACP and worked there until another drift happened in 1944, between him and the organization's leadership. More conflicts arose between Du Bois and the U.S. government. Du Bois had become disillusioned with capitalism relatively early. In Dark water: Voices from within the Veil, he argued that
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