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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 Spirit of Modern Europe

The Spirit of Modern Europe

ca. 1900

(p.139) The Spirit of Modern Europe
The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century


, Nahum Dimitri Chandler
Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois that discusses the trend and meaning of modern European civilization. It first defines the meaning of the somewhat shadowy term, civilization. It then sketches in broad outline the concrete signs of culture in the aptly called Culture-States; discovers behind this picture the elements that combine to be the Spirit of Europe; and shows how that spirit does and ought to affect the American Negro. It argues that Europe currently stands for a systematic and continuous union of individual effort to promote Justice and Freedom by means of Knowledge and Authority.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, European civilization, culture-states, American Negro, justice, freedom, knowledge, authority

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