William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

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Malik Hart
August 20, 2015
Research Paper

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was one of the most important activist in the early 20th century. He was born February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1885 Du Bois came across his first encounter with the Jim Crow laws. He went to Harvard to receive his masters and before completing his masters he was offered an opportunity to study abroad in Berlin. Du Bois is known for many of his accomplishments such as being one of the most important civil rights activist, professor of sociology, historian, writer, and editor.

In 1884 Dubois mother passed away forcing him to find a job. The principal of his high school helped him find a job in the local mill. In 1885 DuBois was given a scholarship to attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, there is where he first encountered the Jim Crow law. In order for him to get through school money wise, he had to help teach others in the more poor areas of Tennessee during his summer breaks. The experience of the Jim Crow law which legalized segregation between blacks and whites, is what caused him to want to become an activist.

In 1885 Dubois was in Berlin studying for two years and came back to the United States eager to study African American history. Dubois attended Harvard to work hard on his paper for The Suppression of the African Slave Trade. In 1895 Dubois was the first African American to graduate from Harvard with a Ph.D. He began teaching at Clark
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