This biography of W.E.B. Du Bois gives full measure to his entire life, including his controversial final decades.
This revealing biography captures the full life of W.E.B. Du Bois—historian, sociologist, author, editor—a leader in the fight to bring African Americans more fully into the American landscape as well as forceful proponent of them leaving America altogether and returning to Africa.
Drawing on extensive research, Gerald Horne, a leading authority on Du Bois and a versatile and prolific scholar in his own right, offers a fully rounded portrait of this accomplished and controversial figure, including the often overlooked final decades without which no portrait of Du Bois could be complete. The book also highlights Du Bois's relationships with and influence upon other leading civil rights activists both during, and subsequent to, his extraordinarily long life, including Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Jesse Jackson.
- Includes extensive use of original materials, including Du Bois’ correspondence and writings
- Offers a chronology of key personal and historic events during Du Bois’ life (1868-1963)
- Captures the full breadth of Du Bois’s life, including the controversial final decades
- Portrays Du Bois as a towering intellectual—a thorough modern thinker and innovative scholar and researcher of the African American experience
- Provides an accessible, up-to-date biography of a founder of the NAACP as that organization celebrates its centennial
"Horne, an authority on W. E. B. Du Bois, offers a biography of the American scholar, historian, and activist who founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The biography covers his youth, education, career, and personal life, up to his final years in Ghana, and looks into his influence on other leading civil rights activists, including Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, and Jesse Jackson. The book includes a brief timeline and b&w historical photos."