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A Political Companion to W. E. B. Du Bois
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A Political Companion to W. E. B. Du Bois

Nick Bromell

Abstract

W.E.B. Du Bois was not a liberal, Marxist, radical, or republican—he was all of these and none. The author of more than one hundred books, hundreds of published articles, and founding editor of the NAACP’s journal Crisis, Du Bois has been widely studied, both during his life and afterward, for his profound insights into the politics of race and class in America. Throughout his work, Du Bois insisted on the importance of the local—on individual and community sovereignty—to counter domination by elites. He founded a counter tradition of African American thought that provided a new perspective on ... More

Keywords: W.E.B. Du Bois, AfricanAmerican, democracy, politics, race, government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813174907
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813174907.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Bromell, editor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Introduction

Nick Bromell

I Du Bois and Political Philosophy

1 W. E. B. Du Bois

Charles W. Mills

II Du Bois, Politics, and Poetry

3 Alightings of Poetry

Anthony Reed

4 The Imperial Miracle

James Edward Ford III

III Du Bois in the Space between the Known and the Imagined

7 A Democracy of Differences

Robert W. Williams

IV Du Bois and the Challenges of Black Politics

8 The Cost of Liberty

Alexander Livingston

10 A Splendid Failure?

Vijay Phulwani