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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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Toward a New History of the Centuries

Toward a New History of the Centuries

On the Early Writings of W. E. B. Du Bois

(p.1) Introduction Toward a New History of the Centuries
The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the themes covered in the essays by W. E. B. Du Bois presented in this volume. The essays were written between 1894 and early 1906. The inception of this period is the moment of Du Bois's return to the United States after two years of graduate level study in Europe at the University of Berlin. At its center is the moment of Du Bois's first full self-reflexive formulation of a sense of vocation—as student and scholar in the pursuit of the human sciences as they could be brought to bear on the study of the situation of the so-called Negro question in the United States.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, vocation, human sciences, Negro question

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