Du Bois 's Influences On The Movement And His Opinions Of The Situations That Faced Him And The Black

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The union has just won the civil war. Lincoln emancipated the slaves and the south has begun to rebuild. But what is the north to do with all the newly freed slaves. In W. E. B. Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk he pieces together multiple essays describing the milestone achievements that African Americans surpassed to gain greater civil rights and social standings in society. Many of which I had pass overlooked in my studies. In this essay I will be elaborating upon Du Bois’s influences on the movement and his opinions of the situations that faced him and the black.
“... I was different from the others... shut out from their world by a vast veil.” Du Bois recalls , “I lived above it.” (Du Bois 10) William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 to a free-black family in Great Barrington Massachusetts. Great Barrington was an already socially cooperative community and offered Du Bois with an education he excelled at. He graduated as valedictorian of his class and went on to go to Fisk University in Tennessee in the year 1885. During the time he spent there he witness how African Americans were really being treated in the south and he returned back to the north horrified, and to finish his P.H.D at Harvard University. Becoming the first African American to earn a degree from Harvard. But what he saw in Tennessee changed his thinking. He saw something was wrong and he couldn 't just let it perpetuate in the south. Du Bois was determined to appoint blacks with…

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