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W.E.B. Du Bois

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Overview

Author

W.E.B. Du Bois

Year Published

1934

Type

Primary Source

Genre

Speech

At a Glance

  • W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was one of the leading civil rights leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • "A Negro Nation Within a Nation" was a resignation speech he delivered to the leadership of the NAACP in 1934.
  • In the speech, Du Bois describes the limited progress African Americans have made since the end of the Civil War before criticizing both white Americans and African American leaders; many of the latter group did not use their wealth or influence to benefit the poorer and less-educated members of their race.
  • Du Bois proposes that if African Americans must live in a segregated society, African American leaders can create institutions (e.g., businesses, organizations) that solely benefit other African Americans. Doing this, he claims, will lift up their race and fulfill many of the goals he and his contemporaries had been working for for decades.
  • African American leaders did not adopt Du Bois' ideas, and in the following decades the Civil Rights Movement won many legal victories that had eluded Du Bois and other civil rights leaders earlier in the century

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