The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyThe Essential Early Essays

The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyThe Essential Early Essays

W.E.B. Du Bois and Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780823254545

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This volume assembles essential essays by W. E. B. Du Bois from 1894 to early 1906. These show the first formulations of some of his most famous ideas, namely, “the veil,” “double-consciousness,” and the “problem of the color line.” The deep historical sense of the formation of the modern world that informed Du Bois's thought and gave rise to his understanding of “the problem of the color line” is displayed. Some of the essays were published posthumously, others are obscure, and one has only recently been translated. The essays constitute an essential companion to Du Bois's 1903 masterpiece The Souls of Black Folk. The collection presents the essays in their entirety and in strict chronological order, starting at the moment of Du Bois's return to the United States. Copious annotations are provided to enhance the reader's understanding.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

The Afro-American

W. E. B. DU BOIS, and Nahum Dimitri Chandler

The Conservation of Races

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Strivings of the Negro People

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The Study of the Negro Problems

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Appendix: Résumé of the Discussion of the Negro Problems

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The Present Outlook for the Dark Races of Mankind

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The Spirit of Modern Europe

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The Freedmen’s Bureau

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The Relation of the Negroes to the Whites in the South

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The Talented Tenth

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The Development of a People

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Sociology Hesitant

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