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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 Development of a People

The Development of a People


(p.243) The Development of a People
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 which argues that if we are to judge intelligently or clearly of the development of a people, we must allow ourselves neither to be dazzled by figures nor misled by inapt comparisons, but we must seek to know what human advancement historically considered has meant and what it means today, and from such criteria we may then judge the condition, development and needs of the group before us. It mentions briefly the steps which groups of men have usually taken in their forward struggling, and considers which of these steps the Negroes of the United States have taken and how far they have gone.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, American Negroes, Negro problem

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