W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois was an influential African-American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois was a leading figure in the fight against racial discrimination in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Du Bois was also well-known for his seminal work 'The Souls of Black Folk' (1903), which is considered a classic in African American literature. He was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University and spent much of his career studying and writing about the conditions of African Americans in society. Du Bois died on August 27, 1963, in Accra, Ghana.
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This seminal work is a collection of essays that explores the history and condition of African Americans at the turn of the 20th century. It delves into the issues of race, class, and the socio-economic realities faced by black people post-emancipation. The author employs a combination of history, sociology, and personal narrative to present a powerful critique of American society, highlighting the struggle for civil rights, the importance of black spirituals, and the concept of "double consciousness" - the idea of viewing oneself through the lens of a society that sees you as inferior.