The Philadelphia Negro Analysis

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The Philadelphia Negro is a study of society among African American people in Philadelphia written by W.E.B Du Bois and published in 1899 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. It is the first sociological case study of the black community. Du Bois, the author of the Philadelphia Negro was a great African American writer, sociologist, teacher, and protest leader. He was born in 1868 in Massachusetts and died in 1963 at age 95. However, Du Bois’s great works remain forever. He live in Great Barrington, a town where, in a population of 5 000, he was one of a few black citizens. Du Bois was viewed as an intellectual, earning his Bachelor degree at Harvard University with cum laude honours and later pursuing a doctoral degree in history. The …show more content…
In the early part of the century, it was not easy for black people to get a good education because most black people were slaves, and therefore had to suffer in poverty. But Du Bois proved that not only white people can get a good education. Du Bois’s parents were not slaves and they were insistent about giving a good education their child. This allowed him to become a successful writer and a strong contributor to the whole of society. In addition, Du Bois had believed education and knowledge were the keys to solving the racial issues of the 20th century, as readers may understand by his first sociological study of the black community in the United States. The Philadelphia Negro was the first study that depicts the challenging lives of black people in Philadelphia, written using advanced statistical …show more content…
Rampant colour prejudice caused black people to suffer in many ways in their regular activities. There were variety of problems faced by black community in Philadelphia because of their dark skin, affecting their jobs, expenditure, their children, social interactions, criminal sentencing, and personal wealth. Particularly, the existence of certain Negro problems was quite manifest in Philadelphia as elsewhere in the United States. (pg5, Chp3). The few professions that the black community was allowed included caterers, clerks, teachers, professional men, and small merchants. Furthermore, the Negros did not have chance to receive higher job positions because of the discrimination in Philadelphia. For example, as to getting work, even though a black person has been trained, he cannot receive a good position such as a mechanic. Rather he will only be hired for a position like small transient jobs. Black women faced worse discrimination as they were only permitted domestic service, sewing or married life, no matter how well they were educated. In addition, during the work, black men faced so many more barriers than white men. Very minor mistakes could lead to them losing their jobs. Furthermore, black children also experienced a lot of issues including discrimination in public schools, being advised to seek employment in lower positions like waiters and maids. As an

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