Charming and distinguished in other, more important, ways. View all 5 comments. Jan 05, John rated it it was amazing. The German influences are unmistakable with their suggestion of materializing spirit and dialectical struggle, the whole surging process coming to concretion in das Volk — a mighty nation with a unique soul.
With millions of Europeans arriving from religious and cultural backgrounds strikingly dissimilar to earlier immigrant infusions…….. Du Bois was a decade ahead of the generation of mainstream younger artists and writers who would express their disenchantment with the Anglo-Saxon cultural paradigm by celebrating immigrants and workers, mounting scandal raising art shows, launching iconoclastic little magazines, and clamoring for social revolution. And let the church say Amen. View all 4 comments.
Jun 18, Sara rated it it was amazing. Du Bois was always a name I had heard of and wanted to learn more of his life. This first volume of this epic bio was truly a fascinating book. I had no idea of the animosity that existed between Du Bois and Booker T. Washington and how this complex relationship helped form modern racial theory for good and bad. Also, I never knew how African Americans were so impacted by World War I in ways that affected their livelihoods globally, both by racism at home and abroad.
Now, on to the second volum Du Bois was always a name I had heard of and wanted to learn more of his life. Now, on to the second volume! Sep 26, Pete rated it really liked it Shelves: history-bio. When Wikipedia featured their article on the Lynching of Jesse Washington it reminded me that I had read Du Bois' classic The Souls of Black Folk and the Pulitzer prize-winning biography of its author's early years quite a few years ago.
Both of these books are foundational readings bringing to light the struggle of black's in America after the civil war. Many would rate these books with 5 stars and perhaps I should as well. May 30, Karen Mead rated it really liked it Shelves: stuff-i-read-to-feel-intelligent. I hope my local library has part II, because as thick as this book is, I felt kind of unfulfilled when I came to the end and ran out out of proper Du Bois mayhem.
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race Summary & Study Guide Description
Fascinating biography of a real social justice pioneer, but keep in mind that you will probably need to have a dictionary handy while you read this; Lewis has a huge vocabulary, and he puts in quite a few recondite terms that you don't see that much. I probably ended up looking about 20 words,at the very least.
View 1 comment. Nov 28, John rated it liked it Shelves: afro-american. This book is a bear! The detail is beyond anything I could have imagined. I wasn't up to the challenge and had to put it down halfway through.
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Really great discussion on the tensions between the Washington camp and those in DuBois's. It is hard to imagine this is ONLY part 1. Oct 26, Rosemary rated it it was amazing. I found it really fascinating and tremendously sad with regard to the way African Americans have been treated ever since their ancestors were taken from their homelands. Du Bois was an incredibly gifted man who worked tirelessly to help his people achieve real equality and died just before the Civil Rights Act in the s was passed.
We fool ourselves as Americans that our nation was founded on principles of freedom and liberty -- it was, but only if you were white, male and well to do. Definitely worth reading.
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Jan 03, Zach rated it really liked it. I finally got around to this book given to me by my high school history teacher on graduation just in time for Black History Month.
W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, by David Levering Lewis
I knew very little about DuBois prior to reading these pages on only the first half of his life. The biography covered a difficult time in America's history that I hadn't covered before. This is a meticulously researched book that's dense at times, but still quite an enjoyable read. Jul 14, Jerome Strong rated it it was amazing. Lewis leaves no rock unturned in his biography of this great pillar of the academy. DuBois is undoubtedly one of America's foremost scholars. Mar 26, Doris Raines rated it it was amazing Shelves: doris-raines-book-shelf. Jun 10, Bette rated it it was amazing.
Jul 23, Nicholas Lefevre rated it liked it. This is the first volume of a two volume biography. Both volumes won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Remember that my ratings are personal, not reflecting objective merit but rather my personal reaction. Objectively this is a stunningly detailed and well-researched biography of a fascinating man. As a graduated textbook it would be all one needs on the subject. Du Bois was an intellectual giant excelling from his earliest days as a school boy, at Fiske, and at Harvard. His career was marked more This is the first volume of a two volume biography.
His career was marked more by what he wrote than what he did. Yes, he was crucial to the NAACP and other national and international organizations, but mostly as a researcher and intellectual force. Unfortunately, for a non-academic that does not make for a gripping yarn. It does illuminate the competing threads of the black leadership, the DuBois and Booker Washington camps.
W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919
Further, I knew relatively little about the emerging black intelligentsia of the post-civil war period. It was really my introduction to civil rights in this period. I just wish I hadn't had to wade through so much academia. Jan 21, Robert rated it really liked it. As far as Du Bois, I just got exhausted reading about all the numerous activities he was undertaking from to He obviously had prodigious amounts of energy and discipline, in addition to a top notch intellect.
What I liked about Levering Lewis' writing is that I feel he did an excellent job of providing context to all of Du Bois' activities so that I felt like I understood all th The main feeling I had after finishing this volume was admiration, for both Du Bois and David Levering Lewis. What I liked about Levering Lewis' writing is that I feel he did an excellent job of providing context to all of Du Bois' activities so that I felt like I understood all the people that Du Bois was interacting with as well as Du Bois' personal life and the overall society he was dealing with in the early s.
I look forward to reading the second volume! May 04, Matthew Rohn rated it it was amazing. This volume makes you feel a sense of time and historical progression in the scale of human lifespans like very little else I've read ever has. The beginning delves into a lot of the kind of personal specifics that I tend not to enjoy such a focus on in biographies, but this sets up a phenomenally deep work that tracks Du Bois' life in parallel with the trajectory of racial politics in the US from the end of reconstruction through the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Oct 19, Eric rated it it was amazing. First edition.
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