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W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963
WEB Du Bois The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963 Author:David Levering Lewis 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 mov... more »ement. 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.« less
For my African American history class in college I had to do a 20min presentation on any famous black american- I choose W.E.B. DuBois, in order to do that I read both of the books in this series. Both were an amazing glimpse into his life and history as well as his quirky personality. The first book about his childhood and young adult life was much more interesting to me as it told many first hand stories of our country during that time from a different point of view than my white ancestors had told me.
This book was good too as it told of the later struggles.
This would not be as fun of a read for someone not a history lover. I read historical books out of interest in my free time and find them interesting. There are slow parts and over analyzed parts but over all it is a very good book!