W.E.B. Du Bois
Revolutionary Across the Color Line
Series: Revolutionary Lives
Du Bois was born in Massachusetts in 1868, just three years after formal emancipation of America's slaves. In his extraordinarily long and active political life, he would emerge as the first black man to earn a PhD from Harvard; surpass Booker T. Washington as the leading advocate for African American rights; co-found the NAACP, and involve himself in anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles across Asia and Africa. Beyond his Civil Rights work, Mullen also examines Du Bois's attitudes towards socialism, the USSR, China's Communist Revolution, and the intersectional relationship between capitalism, poverty and racism.
An accessible introduction to a towering figure of American Civil Rights, perfect for anyone wanting to engage with Du Bois's life and work.
Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of James Baldwin: Living in Fire and UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution, amongst other books.
Introduction: Revolutionary Lives Matter - Reclaiming W.E.B. Du Bois for Our Time
Part I: Racial Uplift and the Reform Era
1. Childhood, Youth and Education in an Age of Reform
2. Becoming a Scholar and Activist
3. Socialism, Activism and World War I
Part II: From Moscow to Manchester, 1917-45
4. Du Bois and the Russian Revolution
5. The Depression, Black Reconstruction, and Du Bois’s Asia Turn
6. Pan-Africanism or Communism?
Part III: Revolution and the Cold War, 1945-63
7. Wrestling with the Cold War, Stalinism and the Blacklist
8. The East is Red: Supporting Revolutions in Asia
9. Final Years, Exile, Death and Legacy
eBook ISBN: 9781783719662
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