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Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.)

William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois (1868–1963), historian, sociologist, race man, social theorist, poet, journalist, political, and civil rights leader, was the first social theorist of the earliest generation of American academic sociologists to have deservedly earned a global reputation. Though generally ignored by American sociologists, Du Bois was highly regarded in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa well before the value of his ideas and life's work were seriously considered by the white mainstream in his native land. His voluminous writings made enduring contributions to urban ethnography, race theory, the social history of slavery and Reconstruction, and the literary revolution in the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance.

W. E. B. Du Bois (pronounced “du-boyz”) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in 1868, in the ...

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