William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

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William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/ doo-BOYZ; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American... more »

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  • ''There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital.''
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. repr. (1971). "Communism, Marxism and the Negro Problem," The...
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  • ''If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.''
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Gift of Black Folk, ch. 9 (1924).
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  • ''To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.''
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).
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  • ''We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.''
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).
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  • ''An American, a Negro ... two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.''
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903). "The history of th...
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My Country 'Tis of Thee

Of course you have faced the dilemma: it is announced, they all smirk and rise. If they are ultra, they remove their hats and look ecstatic; then they look at you. What shall you do? Noblesse oblige; you cannot be boorish, or ungracious; and too, after all it is your country and you do love its ideals if not all of its realities. Now, then, I have thought of a way out: Arise, gracefully remove your hat, and tilt your head. Then sing as follows, powerfully and with deep unction. They'll hardly note the little changes and their feelings and your conscience will thus be saved:

My country ...

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