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W.E.B. Du Bois Speaks: Speeches and Addresses 1920-1963 Paperback – January 1, 1971

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press (January 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873481267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873481267
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What struck me with these articles and speeches--after mainly knowing Dubois from his larger works--is the rigorousness of his mind, and his great literary gifts. Some of the writing is thrilling just as writing. Also quite interesting are his analyses of Garvey and his attempt to look back at his debates with Booker T. Washington particularly on industrial versus academic education.

Dubois was never a Marxist. In 1916 he shocked general Black opinion by supporting the racist segregationist Woodrow Wilson for president and for his support to US participation in World War beliving that Black participation would further progress for Black people and give supporters of African liberation like himself influence in the peace settlement, a cruel illusion. Likewise, during the 1930s, Dubois tended to be taken in by Japanese imperialism's claims to defend all of the "colored races" against US and American imperialism. During the Second World War, Dubois supported Washington's imperialist war, although he criticized the segregation of the US war machine.

In the late mid 1940s W.E. B. Dubois confused his own progressivist liberal politics with the similarly proliberal policies of the American Communist party and Maoist China. He even became a member of the CPUSA, and left the country for exile first in China and then in Ghana.

However, it is very clear that long before this confusion, Dubois understood that American racism was rooted in the world-wide pattern of imperialist domination of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dubois' ideas and speeches are needed to complete understanding of racism and imperialism.
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By Harvey on January 2, 2003
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Definitely read these speeches and writings by W.E.B. DuBois! They're exciting, eye-opening and inspiring, a call to struggle for the best we can make of humanity.
For much of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois was a leading figure in the fight against segregation, lynchings, race prejudice and oppression in the United States. He campaigned against the pervasive stereotypes of Afro-Americans, publicizing their accomplishments, abilities and stature as human beings. He challenged AFL unions and the Socialist party to reject the racist practices of the day and to united Black and white workers in a common struggle. He was outspoken opponent of colonial oppression and imperialist war and of the McCarthy witch hunt in the United States in the 1950s.
There 36 articles and speeches cover a fascinating range of topics: from the Marcus Garvey movement in the 1920s to the debates on education and the role of Afro-Americans in the post-Civil War period, from the fight against lynching to the anti-colonial freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.
One of my favorites is his 1929 speech at the Chicago Forum where he debated a prominent racist, and white-supremecist, Lothrop Stoddard. DuBois fiercely attacks the myths of race supremacy, arguing that whether "Nordic, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese or Negro... the proofs of essential human equality of gift are overwhelming." He exposes the economic interests behind race oppression and champions "the black and brown and yellow men [who] demand the right to be men." Don't miss this one!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pulley on May 9, 2003
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Reader's Comment: DuBois Speaks, by W.E.B. DuBois
Encyclopedia of Struggle
These articles and speeches constitute an encyclopedia of the U.S. Black liberation struggle, and to a lesser degree, the freedom struggle in Africa, especially when combined with his first volume covering 1890 - 1919.
Dubois was a leader of the Black struggle from the late 1800s through much of the 1900s. A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and editor of its magazine from 1910 until 1934, he also organized the Pan African Conference in the 1920s. He was a fighter against U.S. government imperialist wars and during the cold war he was outspoken against McCarthyite witch-hunts.
Born in 1868, he witnessed and experienced the results of the defeat of Radical Reconstruction following the U.S. Civil War. He witnessed the rise of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s and, having renounced his U.S. Citizenship, he died in Ghana in 1963.
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