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Summary: W.E.B DuBois was an African American writer, teacher, sociologist and activist whose work transformed the lives of black citizen in American society. Considered ahead of his time, DuBois was an early champion of using data to solve social issues for the black community. DuBois attended Fisk University in Nashville. A school for black students. His tuition was paid by several after graduation. He also attended Harvard University in 1888. And eventually received and advanced degree in History. In 1989 he worked towards his Ph.D at the university of Berlin until the funds eventually ran out. DuBois took a position at the university of Pennsylvania in 1896 conducting a study of city’s Seventh Ward, which was published in 1899 as The Philadelphia Negro. The study is considered one of the earliest examples of statistical work being used for sociological purposes with extensive fieldwork resulting in hundreds of interview conducted door to door by DuBois himself. Mapping out the seventh ward and carefully documenting familial and work structures he concluded that the black communities greatest challenges were poverty, crime, and lack of education and distrust of those outside the community. He so emphasized with socio-economic and historical causes of the Negro problem notably the exclusion of blacks from the city’s premier industrial jobs, prevalence of. Lack single family homes, and the continued legacy of slavery and unequal race relation. Vocabulary : Ethnology- a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, especially in regard to their historical development and the similarities and dissimilarities between them.

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