W. E. B. DuBois

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W.E.B. Du Bois spent most of his career focusing on race relations and he defined the problem of the color line. For most of his life he believed in integration, but towards the end of his life he began to focus on Black Nationalism after he became discouraged with the lack of progress in race relations (Allan, 2013). Du Bois was an author, a poet, civil-rights activist, Pan-Africanist, a sociologist, and he was known for many other trades that he spent his time doing throughout his life. He graduated valedictorian from high school then earned his bachelor’s degree of arts from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Then he attended Harvard University and got his bachelor of arts cum laude, and then he pursued graduate studies in…show more content…
Du Bois felt that race played the same role and that race is a key factor in determining people’s status and role in society. Du Bois learned a lot from the teachings of Max Weber and learned from him the importance of doing a thorough socioeconomic history as part of his research. Weber used power, wealth, and prestige to determine people’s status in society and Du Bois studied that with his works at the 7th Ward and in his studies of the African American race. Du Bois learned a lot from Weber and used his theories and teachings, along as Marx’s theories, in his studies to further advance the field of sociology and include race in future studies. W.E.B. Du Bois played a key role in sociology as well as in the African American race. He differed from other civil rights activists in how he thought the African American race should strive to make advancements. Booker T. Washington felt like African Americans should focus on getting jobs whereas Du Bois said that that talented tenth should be educated and become role models for the rest of the race. He had many influences on his works, but he also created a new area of study for future sociologists. Du Bois was very influential and left his mark on the field of sociology and the African American race in general.

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Allan, Kenneth. Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge, 2005. Print.

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