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W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 (John MacRae Books)

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Awards

2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The second volume of the Pulitzer Prize--winning biography that The Washington Post hailed as "an engrossing masterpiece"

Charismatic, singularly determined, and controversial, W.E.B. Du Bois was a historian, novelist, editor, sociologist, founder of the NAACP, advocate of women's rights, and the premier architect of the Civil Rights movement. His hypnotic voice thunders out of David Levering Lewis's monumental biography like a locomotive under full steam.

This second volume of what is already a classic work begins with the triumphal return from WWI of African American veterans to the shattering reality of racism and lynching even as America discovers the New Negro of literature and art. In stunning detail, Lewis chronicles the little-known political agenda behind the Harlem Renaissance and Du Bois's relentless fight for equality and justice, including his steadfast refusal to allow whites to interpret the aspirations of black America. Seared by the rejection of terrified liberals and the black bourgeoisie during the Communist witch-hunts, Du Bois ended his days in uncompromising exile in newly independent Ghana. In re-creating the turbulent times in which he lived and fought, Lewis restores the inspiring and famed Du Bois to his central place in American history.

Synopsis:

This monumental biography--eight years in the research and writing--treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever the way Americans think about themselves.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 575-687) and index.

About the Author

David Levering Lewis is the Martin Luther King Professor of History at Rutgers University and was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of Race, 1868-1919 received the Bancroft, Parkman, and Pulitzer prizes, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805025347
Subtitle:
The Fight for Equality and the American Century
Author:
Lewis, David Levering
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Du bois, w. e. b. (william edward burghardt),
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
Movimientos sociales
Subject:
Afro americanos
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
John MacRae Books
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20001017
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 16-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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