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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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Die Negerfrage in Den Vereinigten Staaten (The Negro Question in the United States)

Die Negerfrage in Den Vereinigten Staaten (The Negro Question in the United States)

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(p.285) Die Negerfrage in Den Vereinigten Staaten (The Negro Question in the United States)
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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/9780823254545.003.0014

The Negro Question was pondered back and forth in America in those days of turning inward that followed the French Revolution. The general consensus was that with the cessation of the African slave trade the Negro population would gradually disappear. Calmed by this assumption and by the rapid progress of Negro emancipation in the North and even in the South, the nation no longer concerned itself with this question, and the development of democratic ideas followed its quiet course over 30 years. However, there remained a form of slavery based on race and color. This chapter discusses the opposition of the former slave states against the improvement of the freedmen; what the freedmen managed to achieve with the help of their friends; and the new caste mentality that hindered the sons of the freedmen in their struggle for a more dignified human existence.

Keywords:   American Negroes, slavery, race, emancipation, slaves, freedmen, caste mentality, slave states

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