John Brown: A Biography

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First published in 1909, W.E.B. Du Bois's biography of abolitionist John Brown is a literary and historical classic. With a rare combination of scholarship and passion, Du Bois defends Brown against all detractors who saw him as a fanatic, fiend, or traitor. Brown emerges as a rich personality, fully understandable as an unusual leader with a deeply religious outlook and a devotion to the cause of freedom for the slave.

This new edition is enriched with an introduction by John David Smith and with supporting documents relating to Du Bois's correspondence with his publisher.

 

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Arguably one of the best books ever written on the subject of Reconstruction. W.E.B. Du Bois offers an effective retort against the racist historiography of the Dunning School by offering his own ... Read full review

Contents

AFRICA AND AMERICA
1
THE MAKING OF THE MAN
4
THE WANDERJAHRE
8
THE SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP
19
THE VISION OF THE DAMNED
33
THE CALL OF KANSAS
58
THE SWAMP OF THE SWAN
70
THE GREAT PLAN
98
THE GREAT BLACK WAY
137
THE BLOW
155
THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX
172
THE LEGACY OF JOHN BROWN
186
BIBLIOGRAPHY
203
RELATED DOCUMENTS
205
INDEX
217
Copyright

THE BLACK PHALANX
117

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About the author (1997)

Civil rights leader and author, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on February 23, 1868. He earned a B.A. from both Harvard and Fisk universities, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, and studied at the University of Berlin. He taught briefly at Wilberforce University before he came professor of history and economics at Atlanta University in Ohio (1896-1910). There, he wrote The Souls of Black Folk (1903), in which he pointed out that it was up to whites and blacks jointly to solve the problems created by the denial of civil rights to blacks. In 1905, Du Bois became a major figure in the Niagara Movement, a crusading effort to end discrimination. The organization collapsed, but it prepared the way for the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in which Du Bois played a major role. In 1910, he became editor of the NAACP magazine, a position he held for more than 20 years. Du Bois returned to Atlanta University in 1932 and tried to implement a plan to make the Negro Land Grant Colleges centers of black power. Atlanta approved of his idea, but later retracted its support. When Du Bois tried to return to NAACP, it rejected him too. Active in several Pan-African Congresses, Du Bois came to know Fwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, and Jono Kenyatta the president of Kenya. In 1961, the same year Du Bois joined the Communist party, Nkrumah invited him to Ghana as a director of an Encyclopedia Africana project. He died there on August 27, 1963, after becoming a citizen of that country.

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