During the American Gilded Age, W.E.B Du Bois, a civil rights activist, historian, and sociologist, was a significant figure in U.S history. He strongly advocated for the rights of blacks in post-civil war America primarily focusing on the importance of education, political rights, and social equality for African Americans. His accomplishments include becoming the first black to get a PhD at Harvard and co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Although there were many ground breaking progress for blacks, Du Bois heavily expressed his concern for black representation in the political system. In his 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folks, Du Bois articulated the importance of representation for blacks stating,
During the lecture on Tuesday we discussed two very interesting sociologists that caught my attention: W.E.B DuBois & Harriet Martineau. Both sociologists had two strikes against them from the start, one was a woman and the other was an African American. Also, both individuals were great sociologists of their time; but however didn't get the recognition they deserved. Despite both sociologists work being neglected, they both continued to work harder. Harriet Martineau believed that you need to collect sociological data by observation and other methods. She also did sociological research about women and their different roles and places in society. However, W.E.B Du Bois fought for justice and equality for African Americans by doing sociological
W.E.B Dubois was an American Civil Rights activist. He was a historian, educator, scholar and a poet. He was an editor of the NAACP official magazine “The Crisis”. Dubois was very influential in his work, he believed that the elite and intelligent African Americans should be the one to bring the other African Americans to their social
One of his works during this time period was a famous empirical sociological study, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899). In the study, Du Bois examined the city's African American population and made recommendations on a number of things, including school reform. This study was dedicated to "combating the pseudo-science of racial bigots"(Franklin, 1990, p. 53). Du Bois stated that the "problem was in my mind a matter of systematic investigation and intelligent understanding. The world was thinking wrong about race, because it did not know. The ultimate evil was stupidity"(Du Bois, 1940, p. 58). Du Bois deeply believed in the power of basic research to reveal truth, such as natural laws that in turn would dictate a plan of action to overcome racial injustices. From this research he decided upon an action plan of "self help, duty and discipline, efficiency, thrift, interracial economic cooperation, and group pride" to help his race (Tuttle, 1973, p.
While he was going to college at Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois, he discovered a group called National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP). He had wonderful organization skills that had lead him to become Youth Council President. The NAACP is a bi-racial organization for African Americans to advance justice they deserve. The CEO of the organization was named Cornell William Brooks. It was founded on February 12 in the year of 1909. The founders of NAACP were the following: W. E. B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells,
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois are similar to each other but disagree on plans for African Americans social and economic progress. “Booker T. Washington, educator, reformer and the most inflectional black leader of his time (1856-1915) preached a philosophy of self-help, racial solidarity and accommodation.” Washington encouraged African Americans to take on discrimination and focus on educating themselves through hard work and discipline. He believed that education was the answer to how African Americans can prove themselves to whites without anger and hatred. Washington believed that this would win the respect of whites and African Americans would be accepted as citizens into society. “W.E.B. Du Bois, a towering black intellectual, scholar and political thinker (1868-1963) said no--Washington's strategy would serve only to perpetuate white oppression.” Du Bois was one of the founders of the NAACP (National
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate at Harvard University, and he focused on history, civil rights, and sociology. In 1909, Dubois was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Soul of Black Folks was one of Dubois’ great works in 1903.
The NAACP founder is W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, Mary White Ovington, and others.
Functionalism sees society as being made up by several organs or social structures. These social structures are often referred to as social institutions. Which of the following is not considered a social institution?
Carter G Woodson, the oldest of nine in a poor coal mining family found his love of learning early. Earning a Masters’ degree only one year after earning a bachelor’s degree, he quickly followed in the footsteps of great minds and earned his PhD from Harvard University. He had a very well rounded and multifaceted educational journey according to the text, but felt most connected to furthering the pursuit of excellence for all African Americans through the creation of journals, organizations, and eventually continuing on in higher education with the African American in mind. He is credited with Black History week. In light of the time in history wherein he flourished, it is fitting that he was part of the movement that resulted in the creation of the NAACP (iv-v). In short, he objectively appears to single handedly be the father of the African American social awareness movement.
W.E.B. Du Bois was a man with impressive accomplishments and achievements. He was the first ever African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University and he
White grew up in Atlanta Georgia and came from a moderately well to do family. He attended Atlanta University. The summer of his senior year White experienced a great amount of racism while interning for Atlanta Standard Life Insurance. Those actions of racism inspired him to call for a chapter of the NAACP at Atlanta University. This did not occur due to lack of organization and participation. Following graduation Walter White worked at Atlanta Standard Life Insurance. He was very successful as an insurance salesman. This did not deter his will for racial civil rights. White, along with other coworkers, were successful in stopping the school board from cutting eighth grade from black schools to finance white school. An Atlanta branch of the NAACP was soon to follow. White’s life from henceforth would greatly evolve from a well-established insurance salesman to a prominent figure in the NAACP and the civil rights movement.
The two sociologists I chose are W.E.B. Du Bois and Jane Addams. I chose Du Bois because he was the first African-American to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard he also was instrumental in the start of the NAACP. He is from Massachusetts but went to school at the University of Berlin and Harvard and became a professor for various subjects at the University of Atlanta. He lived through racism and prejudice times and he became a civil rights activist.
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).
The NAACP became one of the most important black protest organizations of the 20th century. The historian and sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the early leaders of the NAACP.