William Edward Burghardt (. B. ) Du Bois

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William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois was a successful author of many books and an accomplished student. He supported women 's rights and the equality of African-American people. He had a pretty ordinary childhood, but his adult life was full of many accomplishments. He began to show a love and talent for reading and writing at a young age and this continued throughout his life. W.E.B. was born February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a mostly European American town. His parents were Alfred and Mary DuBois. Shortly after his birth, his parents separated and his father passed away. As a child, he chopped his neighbor 's wood and mowed their lawns. He also liked sledding down snow packed hills with his friends. He referred to himself as "mulatto" meaning a person who has both black and white ancestors. During his early education he freely attended white schools and showed a talent for reading and writing. His white teachers greatly supported him in his education. Two churches paid twenty-five dollars a year for him to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He entered as a sophomore because of his advanced education. He attended Fisk from 1885 to 1888. This was where he first experienced Jim Crow Laws. As a result of this, he later said, "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in the land of dollars is the very bottom of all hardships."(Source 5) He also worked on the school newspaper, the Fisk Herald, becoming
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