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William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois (1868–1963) was an African American sociologist, historian, author, editor, and political activist whose contributions to the discipline of urban studies can be found primarily in his groundbreaking socioeconomic study of Black Americans in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Negro (1899).

Education, Academic Career, and Research Goals

Born in 1868, W. E. B. Du Bois was educated at Fisk University, the University of Berlin, and Harvard University. In 1895 he became the first African American to receive a PhD in the social sciences at Harvard University. Du Bois's academic career began at Wilburforce University (the older African American University), moved to Philadel phia in the mid-1890s (where he conducted research for his classic study The Philadelphia Negro), and then moved to Atlanta ...

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