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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyThe Essential Early Essays$
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W.E.B. Du Bois and Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254545

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.001.0001

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The Talented Tenth

The Talented Tenth

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Chapter:
(p.209) The Talented Tenth
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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
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W. E. B. DU BOIS

, Nahum Dimitri Chandler
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.003.0011

This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois on the Talented Tenth. It argues that the Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races. The chapter attempts to show from the past that the Talented Tenth, as they have risen among American Negroes, have been worthy of leadership; second, to show how these men may be educated and developed; and third, to show their relation to the Negro problem.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, Talented Tenth, American Negroes, Negro problem, race, education

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