William Edward Burghardt, Du Bois And Dorothy E. Smith Essay

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In our society, we constantly are divided between a “dominant” group and an “inferior” group, whether it is by class, race, gender, sexuality, and so forth. Many people have been a victim of injustices and prejudism unless they are a part of what is known as the dominant group. There are a few theoriest who have used their platform (which they had to work hard for) to discuss important social issues. Two of the few are William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du bois and Dorothy E. Smith. Although they faced different challenges and have faced different forms of discrimination, we can see how both of their theories are very similar (and somewhat different) from one another. Because of them, we are able to think about the real issues of our society and its effects on an individual.
William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du bois was a sociologist, author, and civil rights leader born during the late 1860’s. Du bois was the first African American to graduate at his high school and also was the first African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University. Unfortunately, due to the fact that racism is embedded in our society, Du Bois did not receive praise, and instead was ignored for his work while he was alive. However, Du Bois’s work today could be seen as the most important on the subject of race and class (his main concern was with the nature and intersection of race and class), especially his well known book “The Souls of Black Folk”(1903) (pg. 257). This book was a compilation of

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