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1 SOCIOLOGY 313 Development of Sociological Theory William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Key Points: ± What are the contributions of Du Bois to our understanding of racism? ± Explain what Du Bois means by the term “double consciousness”. Can you think of contexts, other than race, where it might apply?
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2 Brief biography of W.E.B. Du Bois ± Born in Massachusetts in 1863 ± Tried to overcome effects of racial prejudice by becoming an academic overachiever ± First African-American to be awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard ± Published The Philadelphia Negro in 1899 ± Editor of Crisis , the NAACP journal ± Attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of 20 th century racism: scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity ± Died in self-exile in Ghana in 1963 Du Bois at age 4 Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil. I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows. That sky was bluest when I could beat my mates at examination-time, or beat them at a foot-race, or even beat their stringy heads. Alas, with the years all this fine
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