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The World of W.E.B. Du Bois

A Quotation Sourcebook

Edited by Meyer Weinberg
Introduction by John H. Bracey, Jr.
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was one of the leading public figures of his time—an African American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author, and editor. He organized, protested, laid out programs, petitioned, and raised questions of long-term strategy and short-term tactics. He also wrote numerous books and articles and was a commanding speaker and a prodigious correspondent.

Meyer Weinberg created The World of W.E.B. Du Bois to provide a short journey through Du Bois's views on virtually all aspects of twentieth-century life. More than one thousand quotations from his published writings and correspondence are included, arranged into twenty topical chapters. Each quotation begins with a heading designed to summarize its main theme. A subject index provides additional access to the ideas of this complex figure.

About the Authors

Meyer Weinberg, who died in 2002, was the author or editor of eighteen books, including A Short History of American Capitalism. He was the founder and first director of the Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies.

John H. Bracey Jr. is a professor in the same department.


"Most valuable to students seeking to sample the wealth of ideas in Du Bois's vast body of writing. Scholars will also benefit by easily locating sources for Du Bois's views on an impressive variety of topics. Because Weinberg has drawn extensively from the unpublished writings of Du Bois, students and scholars alike will be exposed to sources that are not easily accessible otherwise."—Journal of American History

"The major thoughts, ideas, predictions, and judgments from Du Bois's voluminous published and unpublished writings have been selected, arranged, classified, and indexed in this work. . . . While most quotes deal with the situation of African Americans, Du Bois's observations over seven decades embody a broad range of social issues. . . . This compilation by an emeritus black studies academician is recommended for race relations and intellectual history collections."—Library Journal

"Enhanced with an informative introduction, a list of references, and a comprehensive index, The World of W.E.B. Du Bois is highly recommended reading and an essential addition to academic library African-American Studies reference collections."—Midwest Book Review
University of Massachusetts Press

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